©2016 Kari Carlisle
Does it stress you out to think about how stressed you are? I hear ya. Me too. When you can’t seem to catch a break, here are a few things to try beyond the conventional advice to eat right, exercise, and get 8 hours of sleep. This is good advice, but these 6 tips will take your stress to the next level… down.
Binaural beats. It’s great advice to get 8 hours of sleep, but what good is the advice if you can’t get to sleep in the first place? Binaural beats are a great way to naturally lull your brain into the sleep state. What are they? Binaural beats are sounds that are delivered separately into your ears for the purpose of guiding your brain into a particular wave pattern. There are binaural beats for all kinds of things from easing pain to energizing you to getting you to sleep. There are even binaural beats that can make you go crazy and ones that can kill you. Don’t use those. To get started, log into the App Store and search for binaural beats. Most apps will have several different beats, and some also offer background music. Find an app that has the kind of beats that will put you to sleep or put you into a deep, relaxed state. Spend a few bucks – you get what you pay for in this case. Also make sure the beats are on a timer for 15-20 minutes. Use ear buds to listen to the beats. They won’t work unless the sounds are delivered separately. After a few weeks of use, your brain will be so trained to respond to the beats, you’ll find yourself falling asleep more quickly and easily the more you use them.
Curry. Yes, the delicious Indian dish. This is eating right to the extreme. Curry is a superfood full of antioxidants and brain food. And it’s super easy to make. Be sure to use plenty of turmeric and coconut oil. Sauté some veggies in coconut oil, add some meat if you want, sprinkle with curry powder that includes turmeric, add a little broth (veg or chicken), heat through and serve over rice (brown or black). Watch an episode of Red Dwarf while you eat. You’ll see why…
Go Green. I’m not talking about recycling, although recycling is a very good thing to do and will make you feel good if you do it. I’m talking about getting your butt outside and into nature. It’s scientifically proven that even city-dwellers experience a reduction in stress levels when they are simply exposed to trees. Peel your eyes away from your device, go outside, find trees, look at them. If this activity can include walking or hiking, so much the better it will be to lower your stress.
Pet Therapy. Haven’t you wondered why cat videos are so popular? Because people love looking at adorable animals being adorable. Indulge! Watch those videos. Smile. Feel good. Take it to the next level, and visit an animal rescue. Volunteer if you can. Adopt if you can. Nothing beats having pet therapy 24/7. Just realize that if you are already stressed, adding the responsibility of caring for a pet may add to your stress if you’re not prepared.
Q-Link. Unless you’re a professional golfer, you’ve probably never heard of this. A Q-Link is an energy-enhancing device that you wear. It sounds a little snake-oily, but there are some scientific studies behind it, along with testimonials from regular folks like me and from professional athletes. Check out www.emf-health.com and decide for yourself. I’ve been wearing one for over ten years. I don’t sell these or get anything from any company that sells them. I just know it works for me.
Lavender Oil. This essential oil is proven to put a person into a relaxed state. Spend the money and get 100% pure, therapeutic grade lavender oil. When you can afford to have some down time, or at bed time, put a few drops in your hand, rub your hands together gently, and take a deep breath of the aroma, cupping your hands over your nose. Take a couple more deep breaths, and then rub a little oil on your pulse points (wrists, temples), and then rub your hands through your hair. Heaven.
If you have tried any of these with success or have your own unconventional ways of beating the stress in your life, then let us know in the comments. We can all use a stress-buster.