Coping With Stress

To tell another to relax but not tell

him how

Is to ask a man to till a field and then not

supply the plow.

We are presently in what historians will probably call the “AGE OF STRESS.” That is because changes both in the individual and in society are coming so fast that there is no time to absorb and adjust to them. With the great acceleration of Life’s Pace today, most people’s nervous systems have become overloaded. For many people, anxiety is a way of life.

    Stress affects everything we do. It affects how we sleep at night and how alert and energetic we are during the day. Stress also has influence on what we choose to eat and how our bodies digest it. Our health is linked to our stress level, as stress is the root of such diseases as cancer and heart failure. Our anxiety level also affects our relationships with other people. It is impossible to love, be patient, and help other people when our nerves are chronically on edge and our bodies are tense. Too much stress also leads to such self-destructive habits as smoking, drinking, overeating, drug use, and overworking.

    Three things directly affect our stress level, which are your diet, exercise habits, and the ability to maintain a meditative mind. If you are under stress, you should include in your diet vitamins C, A, D, E and the B complex, which are all important to fighting stress. Also, take extra calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and copper. Anti-stress foods include BANANAS, ALMONDS, RAISINS, BROCCOLI, SPINACH, WHEAT GERM, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, MILK, AND HONEY. WHENEVER YOU FEEL PARTICULARLY STRESSED OUT, DRINK A GLASS OF WATER. Including these foods in your diets will lower your body temperature subtly, slow your breathing, and make you feel centered. Foods that a person under stress should avoid are caffeine, chocolate, colas, many teas, white sugar, salt, and nicotine. Doing 11 minutes of long, deep breathing through the left nostril only is also a way to relax.

Yogi Tea

Yogi tea is a delicious, healthful substitute for coffee or strong black tea. It can give you a nice high while your feet stay firmly planted on the ground. When regularly included in the diet, it can help correct damage done to the nervous system by drugs and disease of the nerves. It will improve your memory and balance you when you are feeling out of balance. Yogi Tea can take away tiredness, discouragement, and depression and is also remedy and preventive measure for colds, the flu, and diseases of the mucous membranes.

Making at least 4 cups at a time- one is never enough.

  • 10 ounces of water
  • 3 cloves( for the nervous system}
  • Seeds of 4 cardamom pods (for the colon)
  • 4 whole black peppercorn(a blood purifier)
  • ½ stick of cinnamon (for the bone)
  • 1 stick ginger root(for the nervous system, cold, flu, physical weakness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black tea ( to catalyze the other ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup of milk (to prevent irritation to the colon and stomach)

Boil the spices for 10-15 min. Add milk, then reheat to the boiling point, remove immediately from the stove, and strain. Add raw honey to taste

Self-care is one of the most important tools we have on our path to our divine Feminine or Masculine nature. This is knowledge from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D..

Thanks for paying attention and taking these steps for yourself.

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