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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. Lighten your schedule by cutting back on the commitments in your calendar. Try writing one day in your weekly schedule to spend alone and relax—and stick to it!

4.Unblock tension with exercise. The constant pressures of your job and family can lead to chronically elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is a direct cause of muscle and joint pain. Clenched jaw? Lump in your throat? Chronic back and neck pain? These can all be manifestations of stress in your body. Release physical tension and clear these emotional blockages by using massage therapy, exercise, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong to get the circuits moving

5. Manage your mood with diet and herbs

Chinese Medicine considers the liver to be the center of your emotions. To allay stress and balance your emotions, keep your liver healthy and happy:

  • Every day, eat lots of green leafy vegetables, barley grass, seaweed—anything high in chlorophyll—to keep the liver in good health.
  • Take 500 mg dandelion daily for a month or longer to cleanse the liver and help release built-up anger.
  • Take 400 mg white peony root daily for 1 to 3 months to soothe the liver and balance your mood.
  • Schisandra berry protects the liver from chemicals and calms the spirit. For emotional anxiety, take 200 mg daily for a month

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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