So here we are 2 days into the new year and I'm writing a post about stress! Why would I even consider this as a topic while many people are still on their annual holiday break and stress is the furtherest thing from their minds?
That is THE very reason I have decided to write about it because when you are relaxed and feeling chilled out, you can think a bit more rationally than when you are drowning in deadlines, the bills are piling up and the kids and your spouse are coming down with the flu!
You see, stress is something that none of us can avoid....we all have to deal with it at some time and some level. It's just that some people have learned to recognise the signs the body gives out when it is stressed and they have developed strategies to minimise the effects...and some people haven't.
Stress comes to you from a variety of different sources. You can experience emotional stress through having a disagreement with someone you love, your body can be affected by stress through a chronic illness, or environmental stress can affect you simply by driving behind a bus that gives you a face full of stinky fumes!
While these are all different sources of stress, the way your body reacts to each of them is the same - through the fight or flight response. That's when the adrenaline kicks in and you get "that feeling" in the pit of your stomach - you know the feeling - like the butterflies have gone into overdrive.
The stress response is a normal, healthy part of your human physiology, but when that fight or flight gets switched on and doesn't turn off, that is when you can end up in some serious health trouble. Chronic stress can lead to all kinds of physical issues, with some of the most common ones being, adrenal fatigue; disturbed sleep or the inability to get to sleep; weight gain, especially around the mid-section; headaches; brain fog; back pain; tight muscles; heart problems and even Type-2 diabetes. Long term stress is not just a trendy catch phrase, it is a serious issue that needs to be resolved on a number of levels.
The Christmas/New Year period is often a great time to enjoy relaxation, spend time with the family, go to the beach, and do many other activities that help to release the stress and allow a sense of calmness to come over you...and this is great!
But what happens when that inevitable day comes that the alarm clock goes off and you must get up to go to work and start the daily routine all over again? How many times do you hear people in your work place say after a week of being back from holidays, that they feel like they never had a holiday? Stress has a way of creeping back in unnoticed. It can steal your peace and rob you of your joy.
It doesn't have to be this way. There are things you can do to minimise the negative effects of stress in your life. When you learn to manage your stress and learn how to recognise the signs of stress in your body, you are on your way to keeping the stress beast under control.
One simple, yet very effective way to help manage daily stress, is to make time to go for a 30 minute walk at the end of the day. Find a scenic route that will allow you to enjoy the view, and even the sunset. If you have a beach near your place, even better! Walking barefoot on the beach for 30-40 minutes is a scientifically proven way to help reduce stress hormones in the body.
Beyond this, there are certain herbs called adaptogens that help your body modify its response to stress, as well as simple changes to your diet that can help your body cope in a better way.
Also, I have some great tips on how to help you with your stress, so sign up for my "My Top 5 Tips to Soothe Your Stress". http://www.anayasnaturalhealth.com.au/
Until next time,
Enjoy your journey to health and wellness.