08 Feb 5 SIMPLE STEPS TO HELP YOU DE-STRESS
HOW STRESS AFFECTS WELLBEING // 5 SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU DE-STRESS
Life can be stressful, feel hectic and out of control. It can leave the most well-intentioned yogi feeling sucked dry of Prana (Life Force).
Did you know that nearly every health problem lists stress as a risk factor? It’s true.
STRESS can create havoc on our health and wellbeing. The sad news is we can’t stop stress, but the good news is we can take small steps to train ourselves to handle it better and that can make a big difference in your outlook of life, your energy level and ultimately your health and well-being.
In the YouTube video below; from my WellBeing Wednesday Series, i share a few simple tips that help me de-stress and keep myself in a state of balance. At the moment in my life i feel balanced, but it hasn’t always been that way, and in the video i share a period of my life that changed my relationship to taking care of myself during. I experienced first hand how stress can create havoc on my own health and well-being.
As Maya Angelou said: When we know better, we do better. And that’s what it’s about; practice.
Below the video you can find the tips i refer to in the video plus some extra details i don’t address in the talk.
5 TIPS TO DE-STRESS
1. KNOW YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM // It’s very important to know how your nervous system works and functions and how it reacts to stress. When you do then you can better communicate with it. Somatic Awareness basically means to learn to feel your body. As you practice noticing how you feel you will increase your somatic awareness and be able to know when to relax and slow down so you keep your nervous system balanced. I talk more about this in the video.
2. YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK // The way we think has a huge impact on our body/mind/spirit complex. It’s important to release negative self-talk. I have always found it helpful to have a Gratitude practice. Write down 3-5 things you are grateful for, it will help gain a new perspective and put you in a space of being grateful for what you have and that what you have and who you are is enough. It can increase your self-confidence and produce happy hormones in your blood stream.
3. TAKE CARE OF YOU // Relaxation is a skill. Most people find it challenging to relax. It is something you have to practice and you have to make the time to take care of yourself and stay connected to yourself. As you take care of yourself by practicing yoga, meditation, exercise and get proper sleep; happy hormones likes Serotonin, Endorphin, Dopamine are released in your body and it will help de-stress you.
4. FOOD IS THY MEDICINE // When we are stressed we tend to reach for food that are stimulating to our nervous system. Foods that increase stress, anxiety, tension and inflammation in our body, like sugar, processed foods, caffeine. It’s important to try to decrease on these types of foods and try to reach for food that will calm your nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety instead.
It’s important to drink plenty of water, and to get the necessary vitamins and minerals to help you de-stress and decrease anxiety plus support your nervous system, like B-complex, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C, D, Omega-3 fatty acids:
spirulina, dark chocolate, bee pollen, chia seeds, maca root, pulse seaweed, chicory, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, romaine lettuce, bananas, kiwi, grapefruit, berries (blueberries, goji berries, blackberries, acai berries), salmon, cacao, spinach, chamomile, banana, asparagus, walnuts, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, raspberries, avocado, sweet potatoe.
5. HUMAN CONNECTION & HUMAN TOUCH // Feeling loved and appreciated helps decrease stress. A compliment, a good conversation, a hug, sex, can all release happy hormones like, Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine. When we lack human connection and/or human touch, a stress hormone called Cortisol can cause depression (if levels rise too high or fall to far below average). High levels of cortisol can create agitation and sugar cravings. Low levels can be associated with inability to handle stress, extreme fatigue, low libido and mood instability. So it’s important to make the time to reach out to friends, family and community to stay in touch and keep those happy hormones flowing.
Next week i’ll share more about food and give suggestions and recipes for foods you can eat to help you during stressful times.
Love & Light,
Anita Goa 🙂