Stress is something everyone deals with. Whether you are 19 and in college or 35, with a family and a hectic job, stress will always be something you have to learn to handle. I am a husband, a father, I run a medical practice, and am in the process of writing two self-help books. My life is definitely filled with many responsibilities and a lot of chaos. I believe that relaxation and stress relief are essential in order to live longer, happier, and healthier. Over the years, I have discovered a few techniques that have really helped both my patients and me.
First, everyone MUST have at least one day of rest. No Blackberry, no cell phone, NO WORK. Cell phone for emergency use ONLY. This is a huge factor in bringing stability to your life and your family’s lives.
Second, take at least 30 minutes a day to do some sort of exhilarating workout. Running and swimming are definitely great relievers of stress. It is almost as if you sweat out all your problems.
Third, we all need to experience physical affection at least seven different times a week. If you have children, be sure to show them affection. I have found that hugging my kids or watching television all cuddled up with them is great relaxation for the family as a whole.
Fourth, I suggest going out in the sun for a period of time each day to absorb vitamin D. Just be sure to use the right precautions so you do not destroy your skin.
Fifth, I am a huge believer in tea. You should be drinking seven different types of tea a day, and chamomile tea and mint tea are great calming teas. These teas should be taken at the end of the day when you can relax.
Lastly, I use the CES device. CES, cranial electrotherapy stimulation, is a therapeutic procedure using mild battery-powered electronic stimulation for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It is easy to use, safe, efficient, comfortable, and convenient. I even take it on vacation with me. We sell it in the office, and I recommend it to my patients.
In the end the basic rule is: LOVE, PRAY, WORK, PLAY. Love your family and friends; pray or take some sort of quiet time; work hard to support your family and survive; play by taking time to do something you thoroughly enjoy.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.