Stress. We all deal with it. The question is: do we allow it to overwhelm us or do we take steps to help reduce it?
Some stress can be good for us as it motivates us to move forward and do something if we are stuck or procrastinating. However, there is also stress that can overwhelm us and it becomes more of a chronic type of stress. This is the stress that I will address today. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body long term. It can manifest itself in various ways(i.e. ~ trouble breathing, nervous system with moods swings and mental anguish, GI system creating stomach and bowel issues, etc)
So how do we cope with chronic stress and help alleviate it?
- Talk with a trusted friend or find support
- Make sure you do self care
- Eat healthy foods
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Find ways to relax
We have one body to live in and we need to take care of it if we want it to continue to work properly. The body needs nutrients from clean, whole foods on a daily basis. These types of foods nourish the body and help bring healing to any digestive issues your body may be dealing with. Along with eating a clean lifestyle, you also need to move your body.
Moving the body is essential in order to keep your muscles and joints healthy and functioning. Do exercise that you like and that you will do on a regular basis. It is said that about 30 minutes a day of moderate activity is what the body needs. Walking is a good example of this, but do something you enjoy.
Ah, sleep. Yes, the body needs rest. Too many people aren't getting enough sleep these days. Hopefully you can get at least 7 hours of sleep per night to allow the body to recover and regenerate itself.
Last, but certainly not least, find ways to relax. There are various ways to relax the body and you need to find what works best for you. I personally love to have a session that incorporates both Bowen and Emmett Techniques. Both work beautifully to bring about relaxation of the nervous system. When you have chronic stress, your body is in a constant “fight or flight” mode. Both Bowen and Emmett Techniques bring the body into the “rest and digest” mode, which is why I often use them together. When you begin to relax, your digestive system starts to move and it may make noises. This is actually a good sign that the body is in the “rest and digest mode” and bringing the body back into balance so it can start to restore itself.
Since we only have one body, do the best you can to treat it well by giving it healthy food, exercise, sleep and a way to relax. Show your body love, so it can support you for many years to come.
Source: Dr. Sears Wellness Institute webinar on stress