Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: What are some habits that will help me release the stress and tension that builds up in my busy day?


A: Here are some healthy habits you can integrate into your daily grind to free yourself from stress forever:

1. Cut out caffeine because it stimulates the adrenaline release. Give up the cup of coffee and opt for the therapeutic benefits of caffeine-free herbal teas.

2. A daily meditation program is your number one method to release tension at the end of a busy day and. Also, yoga, tai chi, or similar activities can help to alleviate stress.

3. Try writing one day in your weekly schedule to spend alone and relax and stick to it!

4. Try this deep, slow breathing exercise:
- Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet place.
- Sit on the tip of the chair with your back erect. Place your arms gently on your legs, which are bent at 90 degrees.
- Breathe deeply through your nose and slowly into your lower abdomen. Then breathe out gently. Do not overexert the breathing; begin at your natural pace and gently slow it down.
- You may wish to close your eyes and calm your mind. Do this for 15 minutes three times per day.

Also, meditation, tai chi, or activities similar to these can help to alleviate anxiety and stress.


About our Doctors

This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, PhD, D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP . from his website:

 



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