Dr. Bradley Nelson is a holistic physician who focuses on “Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology”. Dr. Nelson believes that stress is one of modern society’s greatest health risks, and that it contributes to a number of physical and psychological ailments such as headaches, anxiety, depression, insomnia, gastrointestinal distress, and much more. These links have long since been recognized by traditional and non-traditional medical practitioners alike.
So what can we do about it? Today, we will be reviewing a handful of stress reduction tips offered by Dr. Nelson, how performing these tasks may improve your health, and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.
Controlling Diet to Reduce Stress
Dr. Nelson recommends “eat(ing) live whole foods. The shorter the time from tree to tasting, from ground to gourmet, the more positive energy you will receive.” There is no question that there is truth to the old adage you are what you eat. However, the benefits of eating only live foods has never been proven to be true. Dr. Bradley is on the right path when claiming better nutrition = a less stressed body, but his specific claims do not hold water.
According to webMD – eating a healthy diet can lower levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Monitoring sodium, caffeine, alcohol, and other foods can also lead to healthier blood pressure, blood sugar, and an overall feeling of wellbeing. There is also mounting evidence that Vitamin B complexes and omega-3s may lead to lower stress levels.
Environmental Factors and Stress
Dr. Nelson breaks this concept into two categories:
- Eliminating toxic individuals and scenarios from your life, including social media
- Controlling your living space by creating home and work environments with clean, serene, open spaces
Both of these ideas can certainly help to reduce stress, particularly in individuals with a hectic personal life. If we imagine the extremes, it is easy to see that a breezy afternoon on a beach would cause significantly less stress than a day in a maximum security prison. Obviously, most of us reside somewhere in the middle. Recent adherents to this philosophy include Marie Kondo, who promotes a clutter-free living space for a better life.
Eliminating toxic people and situations is not always as controllable. For example, some individuals share co-parenting responsibilities with a former spouse they no longer care for or respect. That person cannot simply be eliminated from one’s life. Working with others in a mature and understanding manner can certainly lead to reduced stress. Hiring a professional to help is recommended as needed.
“Grounding” One’s Self for Serenity
What might seem like Dr. Nelson’s more out there suggestions actually might be the most well grounded in scientific research (pun most certainly intended). Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers have long used grounding techniques to re-anchor themselves in a safe manner. Essentially, grounding is the act of forgetting about outside stressors for a moment and reconnecting one’s self and to the earth.
This is a highly effective form of stress reduction for several reasons:
- Grounding may be performed virtually anywhere, any time. Furthermore, it can be performed without overtly alerting anyone nearby
- Grounding techniques have been shown to be successful in calming down individuals experiencing panic attacks
- There are several methods of grounding which can be used by individuals, and each person seeking stress relief can find the method which works best for him or her
- Finally, grounding is a great method of stress relief as it can be duplicated as many times as is necessary. Think of it as adding another “tool” to your de-stressing toolkit
Embracing Joy and Enjoying Life
Simply put, Dr. Nelson preaches a life full of love and laughter. He believes that enjoying the little things and taking care of yourself will ultimately lead to less stress and more happiness. This could involve spending more alone time, less time at work, and keeping a more positive attitude.
This comes close to the category of so obvious you might as well not say it. However, some of us really do need to be reminded to slow down and smell the roses. “Stress” is a very broad term, encompassing social, mental, psychological, and physical issues just to name a few. There is no question that a positive outlook on life can lead to greater satisfaction and happiness. The real trick is putting that truth into action.
Dr. Bradley Nelson’s stress relief tips are generally sound, although some aspects are simultaneously too specific and too ethereal to be of practical use. This comes down to there being no one-size-fits-all solution to control stress for every person out there. If you are someone who is experiencing a normal or moderate amount of stress and may want to focus on an area to improve, Dr. Nelson’s work is absolutely worth a read. By adhering to any of his suggestions, you are likely to see some improvement.
If you are going through a genuinely difficult time with stress such as the loss of a loved one, separation, or perhaps a mental health issue, we recommend seeking professional help. There is simply no alternative to working with a qualified professional in person to get the help you or a loved one might need – no matter how much live, raw food you eat.