We are all exposed to stress on a daily basis; it is how we react to the situation that determines our physical and mental response. Some people seem to have a high capacity for handling stress, while some of us seem to struggle a bit more.
Be mindful and become aware of the present moment as you read through this blog. How is your breathing? Is it shallow or is it rapid? How is your posture? Are you slumped over, or do you feel that your shoulders are elevated? Are you clenching your jaw, or holding any tension in your neck? These are all some common physical presentations of stress. If stress is not handled appropriately, it can lead to some negative and serious effects on your health.
Elevated stress hormones may increase inflammation, reduce your immunity, and raise the risks of stroke, heart attacks and high blood pressure. That is why reducing stress is an essential part of good health.
The goal is not to eliminate stress (as that would be impossible) but rather to learn how to reduce it.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Exercising regularly has been proven to reduce stress hormones. When you exercise, our body produces and releases “feel good” chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins may reduce fatigue and improve future reactions to stressors. Not only does exercising help with reducing stress, but it will also keep your body in good health and make it easier to control your weight.
Stress and diet have always been linked. It is possible that someone who eats a healthy and balanced diet is going to feel far less stressed than someone who consumes a poor diet. Stress negatively affects blood pressure and blood flow. Nutrients such as Omega-3’s, polyphenols and vitamin E may improve blood flow and delivery of nutrients. If you are feeling overly stressed, making some changes to your diet could be the key to feeling better emotionally and physically. Try to reduce your intake of stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, carbohydrates, and sugar. These stimulants can contribute to insomnia, anxiety, and a deficiency of essential nutrients. A healthy herbal alternative to energy drinks or coffee is Sol Nutrition’s GoGo Energy formula. Unlike caffeine or other stimulants, Gogo will give you a long-lasting energy boost without compromising your adrenals.
Getting rest can significantly decrease cortisol levels and allow the body to restore and repair. Try to get between seven to nine hours of sleep a night to avoid the rise of hormone levels all together and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. We suggest to take Sleep Deeply to promote a better nights sleep.
Research suggests that meditation may reduce stress, help boost your mood and improve mental and emotional health. Putting in the effort to learn and practice meditation can transform the way that you handle stress in your life. Qigong (pronounced CHEE-gung) meditation is an ancient Chinese healing practice that combines meditation with controlled breathing and gentle movements. To practice mental focus with qigong meditation, sit in an upright position, close your eyes, and breathe in and out for at least ten minutes. With your eyes closed, envision things that make you happy or bring joy into your life. You may also visualize energy going towards an area of your body that requires healing. If you are unsure of where to start, you can find a beginner’s class or video online.
Eating balanced healthy meals, exercising, and getting plenty of rest are proven to relieve stress, but another tool to consider adding to your health routine is implementing a supplement such as Relax Me.
Relax Me is an herbal blend that helps calm you mentally and physically without any feelings of drowsiness. Relax Me is the perfect supplement to help you unwind from your day, while increasing your focus and easing tension. The function of this supplement is to improve your memory and focus, provide mood support, calm the mind and body, and help you cope with life's daily stress.
Everyone deserves a break. Learning how to relax your mind and body is an essential part of taking care of your physical and mental health. By using these techniques, you can learn how to appropriately manage your stress to take control of your health.