Everybody has stress, some more than others. Some people are more equipped to deal with stress. For those of us that aren’t, this post is for us. There are ways to manage and reduce stress in your body. Mostly if you take care of yourself the way that we are supposed to. Oops! So without further ado, here are the things we know we should be doing but don’t because life gets in the way.
What you eat matters. It is the fuel for your body. If you put in heavily processed foods, your body has a hard time finding and using nutrients. If your body is lacking any nutrients, it throws off the chemicals in your brain. Some nutrients and foods that are good for proper brain and body function are:
- Essential Fatty Acids- such as those found in olive oil, salmon, flax seeds, and other unrefined vegetable oils should be sought out and deliberately included in your diet.
- Vitamin D- This vitamin plays a significant role in mood regulation. It has been used to treat people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Regular exercise lowers stress levels in the body. Exercise increases circulation and makes the brain release endorphins. Endorphins are the “happy” hormone. It helps to lower the body’s stress levels. Make sure to have balance in your workout routine. Add cardio, strength training, and flexibility training. Don’t overdo it. You will give up and feel like a failure. Plus, you increase your risk for injury.
Positive Self Talk
Breaking the habit of negative self-talk will do wonders to lower stress. If you constantly beat yourself up, you ass unnecessary stress to your day. You have to see the pattern of negative thoughts and start to change them. You can read more about changing negative attitude HERE.
Deep breathing is different from regular breathing. You have to inhale to a certain count, hold for a certain count, and exhale for a certain count. Focusing on breathing along with the extra oxygen help reduce stress. To make sure that you can do deep breathing, I have made this handy sheet just for you. Don’t worry. I won’t make you sign up for anything to get it.Just click here DEEP BREATHING 101
Getting enough sleep is essential for helping your body cope with stress. Everything is more stressful, more dramatic when you’re exhausted. It’s harder to deal with all the small things in life without proper rest. Rest isn’t just about sleeping. To read more about proper rest, click HERE.
Know the Symptoms
Learn to recognize your body’s cues that it is experiencing too much stress and it’s resulting anxiety. Pay attention to things like feeling of restlessness, fatigue, anxious thoughts, and muscle tension. Once you learn to recognize the stressful trend, you can stop it before it takes hold.
Now if we could all just do all of that, life would be easier. Too bad that’s not real life but we can start to make changes towards a healthier life to reduce stress in your body. What is the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle for you? Leave a comment below.