10 Tips for Reducing Stress

10 Tips for Reducing Stress

Sadly, stress is a necessary evil in our lives. It induces hormone and chemical releases that are designed for short-term fight or flight responses. In modern times, the continuous floods of these hormones from constant work deadlines, family crises, financial responsibilities, exams, lack of sleep, skipping meals, poor food choices, excessive exercise, traffic, and so, so much more set our bodies up to respond as if we were constantly fleeing a saber-toothed tiger like our ancestors may have been back in the day.

Because of these constant stress causers, our bodies wear out. Specifically affected are the adrenal and pituitary glands, the organs primarily responsible for responding to stress. Adrenal fatigue results in tiredness and a lack of energy, even after a good night’s sleep and can affect our mood, our productiveness, and our emotional and mental state.

Don't let stress stress you out! Yes, sometimes it cannot be avoided, but learning to deal with stress can help you find balance and lead to a happier you. Here are just a few tips to help with the de-stressing process so you can start feeling calmer and more relaxed - don't just take our word for it!

  1. Limit your exposure to toxic chemicals by choosing organic, unprocessed foods, using a water filter, choosing chemical-free cleaning supplies, being mindful of what ingredients are in your skincare products, and ensuring proper ventilation in your home.
  2. Eliminate nutritional stress by eating a healthy, balanced diet to ensure your body has the right nutrients to manufacture hormones, enzymes, and other essential chemicals to maintain health.
  3. Journal. Flow of conscious journaling, or “brain drain,” may help you become aware of underlying drivers that contribute to your stress load.
  4. Laugh, play, smile and engage in pleasurable activities with friends, family, or solo if that is what makes you happy.
  5. Take “ME time” to reset and take care of yourself. Devote some time each day or weekly to engage in a personal hobby or pamper yourself to restore any lost energy.
  6. Prevent stagnant blood by engaging in some form of stress-free physical activity. Yoga, walking, bike rides, or swimming are good options.
  7. Get 8-9 hours of solid, quality sleep each night. Set your bedroom temperature to slightly chilled, block out light, and muffle any noises that may disturb your slumber.
  8. Spend some time outdoors, barefoot in the sun to reconnect with the Earth’s positive natural electromagnetic field.
  9. Adjust temperatures to a steady level and maintain a desirable core temperature. Bundle up in the winter and stay cool in the summer.
  10. Take a break from technology. Take some time each day or a few times a week to toss aside your cell phone, computer, TV, microwave, and other electronic devices. This will not only eliminate electromagnetic stress, but will also help you recoup and balance any mental or psychic stress.
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