QUOTE(mwl1 @ Mar 11 2006, 06:18 PM)
Does anyone know of any relaxation techniques or herbal remedies to relieve nerves and stress? I would appreciate your advice.
Any sort of physical exercise - dance routines, warm-ups, fling-abouts, swimming, walking, whatever you like - then straightaway after, the yoga "corpse" posture for at least 15 minutes. Close your eyes, relax your entire body in stages if you can't in one go (few people can so you won't be alone)! If you're in a gym, go in a backroom somewhere that's quiet. You must have near absolute quiet. Allow your mind a few minutes to roam as it will but bring it round to concentrate on your breathing. When it strays, gently bring it back to the breathing.
Avoid things like soothing music as this may have connotations that don't allow you (mind+body) to relax completely, but music or sea- or rain-sounds are better than distracting noise.
Be sure to allow at least 2 hours after any meal before exercising, especially if aiming to relax.
herbal: without a proper diagnosis this is all I can offer: Make up a mix of equal parts dried, semi-powdered leaves (as you buy from a herbalist's) of passiflora, skullcap and verbena. infuse 1 dessertspoonful with boiling water and allow to cool, stirring occasionally, like you'd make tea in a cup.
After infusing, strain and drink as tea. Twice a day 1, around lunch time and 2, an hour before you sleep. Keep it going consistently for 6 weeks, then take a further 4 weeks break from it.
Also - have your blood-pressure checked. Don't use herbal rememdies if you are taking orthodox medication without asking the dr or qualified herbalist.
Eat the most natural foods you can - your body depends on you giving it the right materials to maintain itself. You are what you eat - and breathe - and how you sleep...etc. Don't forget you need exposure to daylight too.
Try to determine the source of the stress. You may not be able to erase it but reorganise things to reduce it. Even a different attitude of mind can reduce it.