The Worry and Anxiety Cure
I’ve been looking forward to seeing this show since I saw the previews on the Dr Oz Show last week. I’ve dealt with anxiety issues for more than half of my life. I’ve been to doctors, put on anti-depressants, and still currently on anxiety medication. I’ve learned techniques along the way and today’s Dr Oz Show helped to add some more “worry and stress” busting techniques that I’m looking forward to implementing in my life. In a recent episode Dr Oz talks about Bach Flower as an excellent way to reduce stress. If you have your own tips to relieve worry please stop by the fans forum and please share
What Makes You Worry?
Dr Oz was joined by Psychologist Dr Jennifer Hartstein to discuss why people worry and get stressed out. She said that people “stress” for many different reasons such as finances, kids, aging family members, health, and more. Excessive worrying can consume you and greatly affect the way that you live your life.
I must admit I’m a constant “worrier” and have to agree with what Dr. Hartstein was saying during this segment. I can let small problems grow and fester until anxiety has taken over my life. Dr Oz says that worrying is in our DNA. I’ll have to agree with this opinion as well. Here are some great tips that Dr Oz talked about on today’s show.
Dr Oz Worry Cure
The amygdala (portion of our brain) regulates fear and communicates with the “awareness” part of our brain. When we get too worried we need to pause, take a step back and try to relax. This will give us a “timeout” to figure if the issue that is causing us stress is even worth worrying about at all.
Use a worry calendar to plan out your month. Write down what needs to be done during each day on the calendar. This will add structure and organization to your life. This was a great tip by Dr Oz I must say, but I’ve never been able to keep up with stress coping skills like this.. I guess I’m too unorganized… Which in turn makes me worry more, so maybe Dr Oz is correct and this is EXACTLY what I should be doing!
Balloon Breathing Exercises
Guess I need to go out and get me a “worry balloon” to keep with me.. Take a deep breath and blow into the balloon. Inflate the balloon blowing slowly. This will help to slow down your heart rate and blood pressure. Easy and affordable breathing exercise. I think I’ll adopt this one.
Stress Related Stomach Remedies
Dr Oz invited an Internist named Holly Phillips on to his show to discuss how worrying can upset your stomach. The stomach acts as a second brain in some ways. Stress will cause the digestion process to slow down in your upper intestinal tract. This in turn can cause stomach problems (such as diarrhea).
Lemon Balm For Mood and Worry
I remember Dr Oz talking about Lemon Balm several times in the past. I also have taken lemon balm at night as a sleep aid and I can vouch that it does calm me down and helps me fall asleep easier. To me it seems to act like a mild tranquilizer. Dr Oz suggested trying lemon balm to help you cope with worry.
Never heard of this one, but am looking forward to trying it out. Take as needed for stress. It helps to calm an upset stomach. This recipe contains 9 herbs that are known for their ability to lower your stress and calm you down.
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- Take 3 times per day
Escents Stress Relief Aromatherapy Inhaler
- Contains eucalyptus
- Helps to lower your blood pressure
- Travels to the amygdala
- Calms the nervous system
I’ve recently gotten interested in aromatherapy for stress. Has anybody tried Escents Aromatherapy Inhalers? I would love to hear about your experiences with this and if it’s worth a try!