Stress

“Stressed out” is a common phrase these days. While some stress is healthy, unwanted stress can be harmful. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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“Stressed out” is a common phrase these days. While some stress is healthy, unwanted stress can be harmful. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Get some extra C

    Help normalize stress-hormone levels by taking 1 to 3 grams of vitamin C every day

  • Relax with rhodiola

    Taking 170 mg a day of a standardized herbal extract during stressful phases may improve your feelings of well-being and support mental function

  • Work in a workout

    Improve your resistance to stress by enjoying routine aerobic exercise

  • Participate in a program

    Find a stress-reduction program that includes group counseling, instruction in coping skills, relaxation training, and other helpful techniques

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about medications that may help with stress-related anxiety; these include benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), and buspirone (Buspar)

  • Check out tyrosine

    Occasionally taking this amino acid before a stressful activity can help maintain your mental capacity; calculate 150 mg for every 2.2 lbs of body weight and split into two doses (take the second dose 40 to 90 minutes after the first)

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.