We all know that stress is a part of life and impossible to avoid. We also know that stress leads to health issues, from anxiety, fatigue and headaches, to cancer, heart disease and autoimmunity. Some people are very much aware of their stress level, while others are blind at the fact that they are actually stressed. Many of us suffer from chronic, low-level stress on a pretty consistent basis.
Some of the ways to tell if stress may be affecting you are:
catching colds or other infections over and over
digestive distress, pain or bloating and/or bowel changes
inability to turn brain off
getting less than 8 hours a night of sleep
worrying about life, work, family and health
long list of things to do
emotional, weepy, irritable
So what can we do to stay healthy under stress?
The good news is that the weather warming up - spending time outdoors and enjoying nature is a favorable way to relieve stress and solve major health issues. Other suggestions are to:
learn to let go
practice listening to others
take deep breaths whenever you think of it
laugh a little more
exercise, go for a walk
read a book or your favorite magazine
give a friend or family member a phone call
listen to good music
spend time & play with pets/animals
enjoy a square of dark chocolate a day
sip on flavorful herbal tea
These activities above can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, raise endorphins (feel good hormones), increase oxytocin (bonding hormone), relax muscles and improve mood.
Score!It's also very important to support your adrenals. The adrenal glands are little heard of, and yet extremely important. Adrenal fatigue is very prevalent these days due to this chronic, low-level stress many of us suffer from, and it's something that is beyond most doctor's radar. Most adrenal issues are found with more accurate, personalized testing and working with specialized doctors who run alternative testing - not just the regular blood work that your doctor does. To consider if you may have adrenal fatigue, download THIS to check your symptoms, learn more about how to nurture your tender little adrenal glands, and to find out where to go from there as far as finding proper care and support.
Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT * Holistic Health Coach * Registered Yoga Teacher
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