Reducing Stress/Nutrition

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How do you reduce your stress? Let's hear your own personal hacks.... But please remember that what works for you might not work for someone else. Be particularly aware of changes to your diet or physical activity: moderation is everything!

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  • Nutrition via food supplements is worth investigating since stress has both physical and neuro-physiological aspects. These are available over-the-counter. However, consult a physician before their use. --gochess 14:00, 9 May 2005 (EDT)
    • Valerian herb (Valeriana sitchensis) is helpful if stress is disturbing vital sleep.
    • 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is the direct metabolic precursor to serotonin.
    • P-5-P (pyridoxal phosphate) is also good (and another precursor to serotonin), especially if you've got a side order of depression or PMS with your stress. Recommend 50mg a day.
    • GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is often cited as an effective relaxant.
  • Tea, Earl Gray, hot. Seriously. I try to take a few minutes after work every afternoon to make a pot of tea the "old-fashioned" way (you know, with boiling water and loose tea leaves). During that time I don't go near my computer or turn on the TV, and while I'm drinking my tea I sit and enjoy the quiet. The ritual is just as calming as the actual tea, and by the time I finish the cup I feel invigorated. --Jeni 23:40, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
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