Dr Oz: Simple Steps To Solve Your Stress
Are you feeling stressed out? There are many things that can weigh us down, and it is not always easy to keep those feelings under control. Stress expert Neil Shah, author of The 10-Step Stress Solution, joined Dr Oz’s show to talk about the Stress Bridge and how to approach your life, along with tools such as the Dream:On app.
Dr Oz: What is a Stress Bridge?
The Stress Bridge represents all the things you have on your plate, from work and family to bills and weight. When you pile too much on, the Stress Bridge could collapse. If you don’t take action to change your circumstances or manage your stress, you could collapse as well.
Dr Oz: Stress Eating Cycle
Shah said that he has learned this firsthand, and he wanted to help others learn tools that could work. Many of us are likely to turn to food for comfort, but this could actually make things much worse.
Stress Eating is a common habit, as is indulging in alcohol, nicotine, or sugar. “We do have strategies to deal with stress," Shah said. “The challenge is they are flawed." We tend to reach for stimulants in response, which is making your situation worse.
Dr Oz: Hot Cocoa Creates Endorphins
Neil Shah shared three ideas he said you can use to help yourself de-stress. The first on the list was Hot Cocoa (but not Hot Chocolate; he is talking about 100% Cocoa Solids, with no sugar added). “Cocoa is the highest endorphin-producing food in the world," Shah said, which can help to reduce Cortisol, raise your body temperature, and make your brain feel more comfortable.
Dr Oz: Prunes & Oranges for Stress Relief
The next time you need a snack when you are stressed, try Prunes or Oranges. The antioxidants and Vitamin C are able to help boost your immunity. Stress makes your body more prone to coming down with an illness, but this could be the remedy
Oranges restore your body’s Vitamin C levels, and Prunes are full of antioxidants, making your immune system more resilient.
Dr Oz: Asparagus Folic Acid for Stress
Asparagus is another of Neil Shah’s stress-fighting foods, because it is high in Folic Acid, which stabilizes the mood. It can also produce more Serotonin to keep you calm.
Dr Oz: Road Runner Sleep Deprivation
Are you getting enough sleep? Making sure to get some extra shut-eye can help you deal better with the other challenges you are facing. Neil Shah discussed the Road Runner effect, where we rush through our days and juggle everything on the to do list.
It can be overwhelming, and when you stop running, your body and brain may still be going strong at bedtime. “It’s next to impossible to get a good night’s sleep when you’re in that state," Shah told Doctor Oz.
Dr Oz: Sleep App Dream:On Review
How can you avoid this effect and gently get to sleep? Technology often increases our stress levels, but there are new innovations that could use tech to help you unwind and calm down.
Dream:On is an app that helps you get into the deep sleep that promotes dreams. It lets you set an alarm, choose a soundscape, and place it on the bed face down. This free app measures when you are in REM sleep and plays an instrumental dreamscape that can promote healthy, restorative sleep.