Managing stress is critical for optimal health, and as our lives become more jam packed with the change from summer to Fall, it’s more important than ever to be proactive! Stress creates physiological changes to your body and impacts your immune system. Below are some simple actions you can take to help manage your everyday stressors:
1. Exercise - Exercise decreases muscle tension, boosts mood, helps with sleep and decreases stress hormones.
2. Deep Breathing - Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and breathe out for a count of 8. This helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system and generate oxygen throughout the body.
3. Commune with Nature - Spending time outdoors helps relieve stress. Just 15 minutes of sun exposure can have a positive impact on your stress by increasing vitamin D levels.
4. Eat Right - Proper nutrition plays a large part in avoiding and fighting stress. A plant based eating lifestyle, coupled with gut healing foods help to promote overall well being.
5. Address the Stress - Some forms of stress can be dealt with. If this is the case, don’t put the decision making off any longer. Deal with the stressor head on.
6. Proper Supplementation - Targeted supplements can help you fight stress and stay healthy. A few supplements we recommend to manage stress are:
Forty-seven percent of Americans report experiencing higher levels of anxiety than the prior year.
The human brain is wired to experience anxiety when it signals something is not right and can help us avoid a dangerous situation. But persistent anxiety that disrupts our lives can signal an anxiety disorder. One-third of adults will grapple with this at some point in their lives.
When we experience anxiety, the brain signals to our gut we are under stress and a combination of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol are released. This can affect us in different ways. Common reactions to anxiety are heart palpitations, knots in the stomach or dizziness and light-headedness.
While encountering a saber tooth tiger may not be a problem these days, there are many less-lethal stressors that affect us today.
Winter is the time for rest. In many places, the land becomes barren, frozen and appears dead. Trees shed their leaves. Animals hibernate or spend more time in their dens and burrows. Birds migrate to warmer places.
But all is not dead, it’s simply hidden. Winter is the time when living things rest and replenish.
How can we better rest and replenish ourselves to cultivate what will bloom in the spring?