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Methods for managing stress

We have barely begun to enjoy a well-deserved summer rest, and we are already bombarded with the insidious media and store shelves. It reminds us of the chaotic times of the back-to-school season approaching quickly. The start of the school year is often—for children and parents alike—a stressful time of transitions. Here are some tips to sail through the back-to-school storm and on to smooth seas!

A multitude of methods exist for managing stress, but some are particularly effective, such as that of cardiac coherence, which can reduce your cortisol levels by 25 to 35%. This simple technique of breathing and concentration allows the heart rate to drop, in a span of a few minutes, to levels close to those obtained at rest without stress factors. It is so effective that even French Air Force pilots use it. (Another run on) Remember the “3‑6‑5” technique: 3 times a day (or during stress), take 6 deep breaths per minute (or 5 seconds for each inhalation and exhalation), for 5 minutes. Extremely simple and life-saving!

Reducing fatigue while improving concentration and the ability to handle disruptive events sometimes requires only a few basic steps, like ensuring sufficient hydration and sleep. Exercise and the hormonal balance it creates also contribute to a better way of facing daily troubles, as does a joyful, regular, and colourful diet! Organizing your agenda can also help you avoid unnecessary and stressful setbacks. New relationships at school can be disruptive, so work on your communication skills, and listen empathetically to those around you. Faced with new events and people, keep an open heart and avoid withdrawal. If a small case of the blues sets in, you can always relax with a comedy of your choice, and end the evening with a warm bath filled with Epsom salts. Finally, to wrap up these antistress tips, nature offers us a thousand and one botanicals to make our days calmer, such as true lavender.

Numerous studies clearly confirm the empirical knowledge of medicinal properties of this plant, which is considered a panacea among herbal medicines. The unique mosaic of natural phytochemicals of its essential oil (EO) includes linalool and linalyl acetate, which are its main active compounds. Linalool has a soothing effect on smooth-muscle tissue by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that acts within the neuromuscular junction. It has also been demonstrated that lavender EO supports the activity of gamma‑aminobutyric acid (GABA), the amino acid that regulates brain activity and relaxes the body and mind.

In short, lavender EO is traditionally used to help relieve agitation and mild symptoms of mental stress and exhaustion. It is also a remedy to help get a restful sleep, making it an ideal ally for easing back-to-school stress.

New Roots Herbal offers this essential oil in convenient capsules, diluted in an organic extra-virgin olive oil that can be taken internally and safely. D‑Stress untangles the knotty tension that builds up in your stomach. You’ll easily solve those difficult lunchbox choices and better manage evenings of perilous homework. As we know, after the storm comes the calm, so rest assured, in a few days or weeks, the school-year train will reach full speed, and that stressful start will be left behind. In the meantime, practice any of these tips to bring inner peace, which is always possible with New Roots Herbal’s D-Stress.

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