Now that we have covered foods that help you relax in pretty extensive detail, it’s time to cover drinks! It is just as important to have a drink that will lower your stress level as it is to have food that helps. When you’re at work, or even at home you don’t always have time to prepare a meal, but you often have enough time to make a drink. So let’s take some time to talk about drinks that can help lighten your stress levels.
Start The Day Off With A Glass Of Tea
Tea leaves are chock full of goodies for our bodies. Tea has been a drink used for relaxation for many, many years. There are many herbal teas that can help your relaxation and anxiety. Be sure that the tea you choose to drink doesn’t contain caffeine. Teas have an amino acid, L-theanine, that is mostly only found in them. This amino acid helps to relax and enhance your mood by stimulating your production of your alpha brain waves. When you first wake up, your brain is typically associated first with beta waves, and alpha waves are those that promote relaxation, which explains a grumpy mood when you first wake up. Here are a few teas to try.
- Green tea has very high levels of L-theanine, and a ton of other things that make it a super drink. It can help lower your chances of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, helps with weight loss, lowers blood pressure, all on it’s own!
- Kava is another excellent choice for anxiety and stress. The effects that this tea have are compared to a common anxiety drug, without the addictive quality. Note that you cannot buy the strength of this tea needed in a regular grocery store, you would need to visit a tea shop that sells 300 or more kava lactones in the tea. This is a strong tea and tastes best with a mix of something such as butter or coconut milk. As I said, this tea is strong, so please talk to your doctor and insure it will not interact with any medications you are taking.
- Passionflower tea has the same effects as kava, but is not as strong, nor does it have any of kava’s side effects.
- Valerian Root Tea is an calming tea that helps to aid those with trouble sleeping.If you’re not a fan of Green Tea or my others listed, try black tea, or oolong as they are close in their content of this super amino acid.
We all have moments in our life where we need to relax. The daily routine for most people is very stressful, work, driving, and so much more can cause you to lose it. Thankfully there are a lot of ways to relax, and most of which don’t take much time or effort.
Remember to breathe.
Don’t forget to take time out of your day to take a breather. 510 minutes of stopping what you are doing, and just focus your breathing. This really helps to calm you down, and lets your body relax. Take a minute, now if you like, to close your eyes. Take slow breaths in, and out. Don’t think about the stress of the day, just focus on breathing. The best way to do this is to sit straight, and place a hand on your belly, with your eyes closed. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth. This next part may seem silly to some, but imagine your breath as you take it in, letting it travel through your abdomen, then making its way back to your head. This helps to fight off stress and will also lower your blood pressure.
Stop trying to do more than you can in a day. We all do it, we overload ourselves and we rush through everyday trying to do more than necessary. Take a moment and just look around you. Look at the trees, the waters, and all of the beauty of the world. How often do you give yourself a chance to really look at it? I’m sure you can admit to forgetting to take some time to look at your scenery. Take a few extra minutes to eat that meal, so you can really enjoy its texture and taste. Doing this can help you feel less tense as you are “loosening up”.
Listen to Your Body.
When you start to feel stressed, stop and think about how that actually feels to your body. Pay attention to the effects it causes as you stress. Then move around, paying attention to how each movement affected your body as you moved. Then try this again when you feel relaxed. The tightness or loose feeling you are feeling in either situation, it helps you get to know your body better and know it’s sensations. Practice your breathing that we talked about earlier, while paying attention to how your body is feeling while doing so. Continue reading
In the coming weeks, I hope to enlighten you with relaxation techniques and healthy products to soothe you mind and body. I also hope to share some of the positive experiences that friends, family and clients have enjoyed by implementing some of the things that I will discuss here at Massage by Betty. So, check back with me soon. –Betty