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Stress is the number one “silent killer” today. Being constantly in a tense state can result in imbalance, which can lead to physical and mental health issues. Not only can increased levels of stress lead to poor productivity and depression, but they can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Because of the difference in brain chemistry, women are more prone to emotional stress than men. That it is why it’s important to achieve balance with your emotions and boost your energy. Here are some things you can do to make it easier for yourself to face daily challenges.

The Importance of Sleeping Right

Getting enough quality sleep is essential for your health and well being. The amount of sleep you need varies depending on your capabilities to function without drowsiness. The optimal number of hours is 8, but some people can perform well with 6, while others need a minimum of 10.

Sleeping Posture

Still, what matters is not only how long you sleep, but how you do it. The lying posture is the time when your body should be completely relaxed. It is recommended to fill all the empty spaces between your body and the bed and preserve a natural neck position.

Hand Exercises 

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient healing art which involves hand exercises where every finger is specifically targeting some emotion (thumb – anxiety, index – fear, middle – anger, ring – sadness, little – insecurity). These exercises are relying on the body’s own healing capabilities for balancing the vital energy of the person. It is done by holding the corresponding finger or the palm of the hand for a couple of minutes, while taking deep breaths.

Take a Deep Breath

You know when you are anxious and someone says “Relax, breathe”? It actually works. Deep abdominal breathing is encouraging full oxygen exchange. It can slow down your heart beat and stabilize or lower your blood pressure.

One of the activities we usually link to deep breathing is yoga. A number of studies have shown that deep breathing, stretching, and positions done in yoga can help reduce stress, and enhance mood and overall wellbeing.

Aromatherapy

deep breathing

Some time ago, health benefits of aromatherapy were considered a placebo. That time is long gone and now research suggests the fragrance of certain plants and oils have as powerful an effect as some drugs.

In fact, one study found that mere inhalation of rose and patchouli oil reduced nervousness by 40 percent. Aromatherapy works primarily through the nose, but it can also work through the skin and lungs.

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

It is widely known that physical activity helps in reducing stress and boosting energy. Some of the positive benefits of exercise include improving the overall mood, self-confidence, concentration, and preparing the body and mind for daily tasks.

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Exercise makes the brain produce endorphins, and thus improves the quality of sleep while minimizing stress levels. If you are not an exercise enthusiast, 10 minute-walks still carry health benefits.

Eat Your Way to Balance

Balanced nutrition can have a great impact on balanced emotions and optimal levels of energy. I have learned from my personal trainers in Dubai that there are certain foods that boost your energy. Hydration also plays an important role.

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Green leafy vegetables, turkey breast, oatmeal, yogurt, salmon, blueberries, pistachios, dark chocolate, milk, seeds, avocados, etc. Test your culinary skills by combining some of them. Drink enough water (8 glasses per day minimum) is also a factor to living a balanced life.

Think Positive

7 ways to boost your energyThe power of optimism can be immensely helpful for fighting stress. Learn to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Happy thoughts (and the dark ones too) usually start from self-talk. So, talk yourself into thinking that there is a way out of every situation and a positive side to everything. Surround yourself with positive people. Be kind to them and yourself, too.

Laughter is the best possible medicine, so always carry it with you. Remember that sometimes it only seems hopelessly dark, and then you remember that the light switch has been within your reach the whole time.

Tara’s note: While drowning in sorrow from a self loathing perspective is not healthy, burying negative emotions can be just as harmful to your health as stewing on them. It’s important to walk through and process emotions, whether they exist on the negative or positive scale. Find out the truth about how you really feel. Is this coming from you, or are you being made to feel this way because of a funhouse mirror reflection that was given to you by an outside source? Don’t be trapped by shame from feeling unhappy.

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