It's been determined that our ancestors used stress as one of their primary means for survival. We have to face it, their stress and our stress in modern civilization are two completely different stresses. On a daily basis, their minds were constantly on high alert to determine whether they're going to eat, or if they're going to be eaten. When we put life into perspective in that essence, our struggles seem feeble to theres. Impatiently waiting an extra 5 minutes in line at the local coffee shop on your way to work, is nothing in comparison. Nevertheless, stress is still a big concern to the receiver, & there are several instances that can make a person overwhelmed by its effects. There's no getting around stress, however, there are ways to lighten the load & lessen the blow of it's impact. We've highlighted a few suggestion that recommend to relieve some of the results of stress.
You Are What You Eat
At M.C Health & Wellness, we are extremely passionate about nutrition, & how the right nutritional practices can effect your body in the best ways, however, the same holds true for the "junk" you eat as well. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, "eating whole, real foods restores balance and reduces the effects of stress on your body." In this buzzling world, we can all use more balance and stability in our lives. Eating whole grains, fresh fruits & vegetables, and of course drinking water instead of sugary drinks will bring your body into alignment, and enhance your mental state. A few suggestions of foods that would kick that stress to the curb would be:
Nuts & Seeds
Just to name a few...
I Like To Move It Move It
One of the easiest and quickest ways to get yourself out of a stressful slump is to get up and get yourself moving. Your posture and how you present your outer appearance can directly affect your mentality & your chemical structure. "Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.", according to www.adaa.org. Engaging in physical exercise is a way to not only relieve stress, but it also enhances other areas of your life to encourage all around growth. In addition to exercise, you could consider having silly dance parties. I know that might sound weird, especially because most adults feel that they are too "grown" to allow themselves to be that carefree, and that exact reason is the cause of many overall stresses. Let's put it in a more practical sense for those who don't understand. I would suggest having a child-like approach to this exercise, because you typically don't see many children stressed out. They are generally always on the move, and allowing themselves to see life as a "game" instead of a burden.
Just Lay It Down
"Not having enough sleep can add to stress? Who knew!" A majority of people are always on the run, checking emails, going to meeting, binge watching your favorite series for 7 season, and from this, sleep definitely takes a back seat on the priority list. However, can you imagine that your stress relieving salvation can be stationed as close as your bedroom? 40% of all Americans gets less that the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night; so that means that nearly half of the country is sleep deprived, craziness! I would suggest that we set sleep higher on the priority list so we can effectively get what's needed to be done for a productive day. There's time created for sleep, but there are more than one instance where many people consider updating their social media status, or scrolling from video after video of adorable kittens all night, & neglecting their z's. Respect your z's, & get some shut eyed to dream that stress away.
We want to always leave you with a little extra nuggets to assist you in your day to day lives, and this week’s blog post is no different! One of the most effective ways I can suggest is to simply just breathe. Do you remember when you were younger and wanted to have a tantrum because you wanted something and your mom said count to ten to calm yourself down? The same thing is still happening to a lot of adults today, but we've forgotten to "count" and breathe. Taking long extended breaths slows down the situation and allows your heart rate to slow down as well, thus making you calmer. During this time, practice gratitude instead of thinking about what's wrong, or trying to reject the negative thoughts. Instead let's try to replace them! Concentrate on all of the blessings you do have, and not the issues that's staring you in the face. I know that that might sound like an unrealistic expectation to some people, but let's face it, time is going to pass anyway, so would you rather spend the time overthinking about something that can either be fixed at another time, or is out of your control, or would you like to have you mind cleared of issues and replaced with the manifestation of future and past blessings. I know I'd choose the latter.