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Music For Emotional Stress

Music has been around for as long as human kind has. It is the lifeblood of our artistic expression and a form of expression that is deeply connected to our mind, emotions, and even our body. The variety and the lyrics are endless. Finding the right music for you and expanding on your collection can really help with emotional stress. Having the right music for the right mood is always comforting. Emotional stress is a factor that is taken into consideration with music therapy.

Music therapy

Music therapy is an under appreciated college major and career. It is an effective tool for treating emotional stress and can aid in personal development. It works better for some than others but can have an impact on anyone in music therapy.

The benefits of music

It is also used in physical rehabilitation and has proven itself to aide in recovery time. It is used with the elderly to improve mood and cognitive function. Music therapy is considered an expressive therapy and can help build confidence in self expression. Music theory is often taught on some basic levels and there is a great variety in musical selection. It has also shown to be affective in lowering heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rates in those with coronary heart disease. Another use that has been documented is help with patients who suffer from epilepsy.

Expand your music tastes

Although it is not that accessible we can still in one way or another to help ourselves reduce emotional stress. We can find music we enjoy and keep it handy. Alternative rock fans should check out Panda Bear, American Analog Set, Built to Spill, The Black Keys, and Modest Mouse. Electronica more your thing? Try Caribou, Massive Attack, Dan Decan, Shpongle, Clubroot, Four Tet, Burial, The Field, Boards of Canada, Emancipator, and Pantha Du Prince. More into folk? Try Langhorne Slim, Sixto Rodriguez, Iron & Wine, Beirut, Mumford & Sons, and of course Bob Dylan.

Just remember that emotional stress has many solutions. Looking for them, being open to change, and working towards goals of relieving emotional stress will bring you the peace you have been looking for.

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A Look Into Supplements

We exert a lot of effort to get and stay healthy. From exercising to eating a proper diet we a-look-into-supplementsexplore what works best for us. Some of us have access to better foods and facilities and can more easily achieve our goals of health. Others jog through neighborhoods in the dead of the winter and eat as healthy as can be afforded. Either way no excuse can be made to be out of shape and to be eating poorly. Food feeds our mind and body as exercise fuels these. Exercise is a very affective stress reducer and in general helps keep a healthy emotional balance. Lets take a look at some easy ways to improve upon the already hard work you are putting in.

Taking nutritional supplements is the quickest way to a healthier life. We have many options in many types of supplements. Protein drinks are all the rage in America. They come in many forms: whey, rice, pea, soy, hemp, and egg whites are the most common. Whey is the most popular due to the price but it is also hard on your sinuses and gives you an excess in your daily dairy intake. Soy is the second most popular but it is full of phytoestrogens which can cause a hormonal imbalance. Soy however is a very beneficial form of protein. Hemp is considered the healthiest, packed full of vitamins and minerals and is well digested. We may not need as much protein as we think. Western dieters think that protein is the holy grail. It is not and it is not needed in such large amounts. A regular healthy diet should get you adequate protein even if you regularly exercise.

Try the easiest and most effective supplement

Multivitamins are the single greatest thing you can do for your health in many doctors opinions. They give so much and all you need to do is take one tablet a day. Vitamins are so crucial to the development and maintenance of our bodies. They are far to often overlooked and their benefits are so vast that I won’t even start to discuss them. There use as a stress reducer is vital. If you are not already taking one you should check out our link to a free men’s multivitamin! Some other brands to look out for are New Chapter, Rainbow Light, and Mega Foods.

Fish oil is a key

Fish oil contains omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids. These are said to be needed for healthy maintenance of the brain, cardiovascular system, skin, and hair. It has shown in some clinical studies to protect against cancer, Parkinson’s , and Alzheimer’s disease! It is also very popular for mood support and alleviating depression. There mood support is said to affect anxiety and act as a stress reducer. These benefits are quiet amazing and you can get them just by eating fish regularly. If that is not a part of your diet you should strongly consider getting a fish oil supplement. Try the brand Nordic Naturals or New Chapter.

Probiotics for your digestion and immune system

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in your body. They are commonly used to help with digestion and immune support. It is said that over 70% of your immune system lies in the intestines and supplementing with probiotics maintains a healthy intestine. They are also said to be good for lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer, and to help with irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, keifer, and fermented foods. You can also take them in pill form or as a drink. Kombucha is a fermented mushroom tea that has probiotics in them and is becoming very popular in America.

The big three supplements that doctors usually agree on are a multivitamin, fish oil, and a probiotic. Give these simple health fixes a try!

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Five Great Stress Relief Activities

bang-head-on-wallThere are millions of different techniques used by people around the world to relieve their stress.  Including us here at Stress Reducer.  The article is about different types of activities you can take part in to help with stress relief. These activities range from physical to mental and can even seem quirky at times.  But hey, if they work, then get at it!  Here are some of our favorites:

1) Go for a run.  Everybody knows that running or exercising daily, or even just bi-weekly, can be a very effective stress reliever.

2) Go swimming.  This goes along with exercising daily.  But seriously, if you can just get to the public pool or your local university lap pool once a week, you will be doing yourself a favor in so many ways.  Swimming is amazing for your body both for you cardiovascular and for you ming.  Swimming is relaxing and a good hard workout in the pool will leave you smelling like water, not sweat.  Give it a try.

3) Go hit something.  Hey, it can work.  Go out to the woods, grab a big log and whack a tree around a little bit.  Take it out on the dead branches instead of your family and friends.

4) Meditate.  Meditation can have serious mental wellness benefits and is often overlooked as an effective provider of stress relief.  Pick up a book or read one of our articles about meditation and give it a try.  Don’t worry, nobody has to watch, lock yourself in a room if you must.

5) Socialize.  Mingling with your peers is healthy for stress control.  Socializing can help you strengthen your relationships and discover new ones as well.  The more you socialize, the more avenues of decisions are available to you.  This leads to you being in control of your stress because you can take advantage of opportunities that can provide an easier life for yourself and your family.

Those five methods for relieving stress don’t even scratch the surface of all of the ways to reduce your stress.  Do you have a favorite way to reduce stress?  Tell us about it here! We would love to hear your secrets about how you fight back.

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