Like it's not enough to LIVE with stress now I've got to be TALKING about it too?
UGH.... Not fun....!!!
But the truth is, that it sure is important to acknowledge stress so you can reduce it or cope with it a little better.
Dyan here (The Health Coach Is In) to let you know that even though you might be stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy.
Think of it like aiming for a 1% improvement... you may not be able to change the stressors in your life, but if you can manage the impact on your body 1% better, then you'll stay healthier and more able to handle the stress.
TRUTH: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON YOUR BODY?
I'm the first person to pretend that stress is no big deal, so if you're like me, then the two of us need to have a "Come to Reality" moment and get real about how stress IS affecting our bodies. Let's take a look....
Increases cortisol production causing weight gain (especially around the belly).
Increases nutrient loss of calcium, magnesium, potassium and micro-minerals.
Decreases gut flora, by destroying healthy intestinal bacteria that can lead to nutrient deficiencies and dis-tress.
Taxes your adrenal glands and thyroid which can negatively affect your metabolism.
Decreases sex hormones which leads to loss of libido and low energy.
But you're not reading this just to hear about the problems stress can cause, you're reading to find solutions! So read on....
HOW CAN YOU REDUCE OR COPE BETTER WITH STRESS?
Remember, since you can't always control the stress in your life, the goal is to reduce your experience of stress by even 1%
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN START DOING THAT NOW:
1. Look at your calendar for the next 7 days. What's the one activity you've committed to that you can cancel?
2. Look at your to-do-list. What's one item you can delegate to someone else in the next 24 hours?
3. Consider your schedule today. Where can you fit in 20 minutes for yourself, where you're NOT taking care of anyone else or being productive, so you can just relax and play and do something fun?
4. Look at your calendar for tomorrow. Where can you fit in a 10-minute walk or Frisbee toss in your backyard? The fresh air and movement will help you cope waaay better with stress.
5. Before your next meal, try what I call the "5-5-7" breath. Inhale for a count of five, hold your breath for a count of five, then exhale for a count of seven. Repeat at least 3 times.
This gives your body a chance to relax before your meal, which will help your body pull more nutrients from the food you're eating. And good nutrients in your body will help you sail through the stressful times.