Let’s talk about stress
Did you know that 75-90% of doctors visits are for stress related symptoms?
What was your last visit to the doctor for?
Now let me ask you what do you do to help with stress?
Hide with a glass of wine or a bowl of ice cream and watch Netflix until midnight?
Ignore stress it’ll go away, right?
Actually run away? Go to the gym, for a run or a hike?
Never really thought about 🤷🏻♀️
It’s good to have some stress relieving tools in your tool box, so that when you are feeling stressed out at the end of the day you have habits that will help heal instead of keep you feeling blue.
My top 7 tools to help keep stress at bay;
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.
People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. So doing a you tube video at home or attending a local class, get out and move your body.
One way to handle stress is to write things down. Keeping a journal can help relieve stress and anxiety, especially if you focus on the positive. As you write out the things that are stressing you, the stress can be released from your body so that you are not holding tension in your body, which can created dis-ease.
Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. One study found that for women in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. So call a friends, take them on a hike or out for a coffee and connect with the people that are there for you, it actually helps stress.
It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re laughing. Find the humor in everyday life, spend time with funny friends or watch a comedy show to help relieve stress. Try it. Just start fake laughing, until you actually start really laughing 🤣🤣 doesnt it feel better already.
Yoga has become a popular method of stress relief and exercise among all age groups. Yoga is widely used for stress reduction. It may help lower stress hormone levels and blood pressure. When you hold stress in your body, it makes your body feel stiff achy and tight, where yoga helps soften that, it stretches and can even release the tension that is built up in your body. Even 5-10 minutes of stretching on the floor while you watch T.V, can help.
Mental stress activates your sympathetic nervous system, signaling your body to go into “fight-or-flight” mode.
During this reaction, stress hormones are released and you experience physical symptoms such as a faster heartbeat, quicker breathing and constricted blood vessels.
Deep breathing exercises can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the relaxation response. I start all my yoga classes with breath work. Take 1 minute and just watch your breath, than close your mouth and take 6 long inhaled and 6 long exhales and see how your body feels after that.
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Meditation is one tool that can actually work on the back log of stress you have accumulated over the years. You can listen to a guided meditation or just sit and watch your breath. And yes you will have other thoughts arise, with continually practice you can learn to re direct your mind back to your breath or a mantra.
Although stress and anxiety may arise in your workplace and personal life, these tips will not change the stress, but they can change the way you react to the stress.
Try one or all of them of my tips and tell me how it felt when you had a tool to help with the feeling of stress.
Stay happy and healthy.
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