Stress is the term given to the difficulty that the body
faces while combating a physical or emotional threat, be it actual or imagined.
Some of the common symptoms of stress include irritability, muscular tension,
inability to concentrate and a variety of physical reactions, such as headaches
and accelerated heart rate. Stress is not always harmful. Sometimes, it helps a
person perform better and achieve his/her goals. However, excess of stress can
work negatively, hampering the work and lifestyle of a person. In the following
lines, we have provided some home remedies for combating stress, with ease. Symptoms
- Periods of irritability or anger
- Apathy or depression
- Constant anxiety
- Irrational behavior
- Loss of appetite
- Comfort eating
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of sex drive
- Increased smoking
- Excessive drinking
- Consumption of drugs
- Excessive tiredness
- Skin problems, such as eczema
- Aches and pains resulting from tense muscles, including neck
ache, backache and tension headaches
- Increased pain from arthritis and other conditions
- Heart palpitations
- Feeling sick
- Stomach problems
- Missed periods
- Pressure to perform, at work or in school
- Threats of physical violence
- Financial problems
- Argument with someone
- Family conflicts
- Death or bereavement
- Uncertainty of things
- Cognitive dissonance
- Sexual problems
- Environment change, such as new place, new school, etc
- Increased responsibility
- Physical changes, such as lack of sleep, new work hours, etc
- Lack of feedback on performance
- Working long hours
- Boring and mundane work
- One-off incidents
- Uncomfortable workplace
- Lack of training
- The most effective way to treat stress would be to chew 10-20
leaves of Holy Basil everyday.
- Another effective home remedy would be to prepare a decoction of
Holy Basil leaves. For this, add 20 to 25 leaves in half a liter of
water. Boil this decoction until it gets reduced to half. Strain the
mixture and drink it while it's still warm.
- Prepare a paste with dry ginger and water/ milk. Apply this on
your forehead. Its cooling properties will help ease off the stress
- Take some betel leaves and wash them in water. Place the leaves
on the forehead and leave them there for sometime. This is likely to
bring relief from stress.
- Bishop's Weeds (Ajwain) are effective in treating stress. Put a
handful of the seeds in a handkerchief and sniff them for sometime.
- Exercise, yoga and meditation are likely to relieve a person
from stress, provided you indulge in them on a regular basis.
- Include lots of green leafy vegetables, fruits, salads, whole
wheat grains, beans, grams, sprouts, eggs, cheese, soybeans and
fresh curd in your diet.
- Cut down on the consumption of junk foods, oily and over fried
foods, sugar, sweets and alcohol.
- It is advisable to have 5 almonds, along with a glass of warm
milk, every morning, to get relief from stress.
- Sage is valuable in the treatment of stress. In a cup of boiling
water, add a tsp of dried sage leaves. Now, cover the cup with a lid
and let the leaves steep for sometime. Strain the decoction and add
honey to it. Drink this liquid while it's still warm.
- Have foods rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin B. They would provide
your body the nutrients required to combat stress.