The Stress Epidemic
Stress. It’s such a common word. Almost everyone uses it these days – from young children at school all the way to adults and the elderly. For some reason, stress has become commonplace in today’s society and almost a new epidemic of the Western world.
We feel stress from various factors in our lives. We are surrounded by situations at work, with our families, in our relationships, even while driving or commuting. All these can contribute to affect us on a physical and emotional level.
Damaging to Your Health
Stress isn’t always a bad thing – humans have used it for as long as we have been evolving, as it’s necessary for both productivity and survival. But, when we’re stressed out all the time, this can damage our health and our wellbeing.
Stress is known to be one of the major causes of dis-ease in people’s bodies. It can contribute to digestive issues (such as IBS), weight gains or losses, allergies and depression to name just a few. So, let’s go through a few tips to help you manage your stress on a daily basis.
5 Tips to Manage Stress
- Change the way you look at things
As Steve often says in his sessions, it is you – your own self – who creates your thoughts. These thoughts then trigger emotions in us that we attach to those thoughts.
This process is entirely autonomous! You have the power to choose the way you think. You have the power to free yourself of the emotions that you have created that are attached to your thoughts.
Remember that you have a choice – you can choose the way you want to feel and live your life. You are powerful and capable! You can change your relationship to stress.
- Get out of your head
The person who speaks to you most everyday is you. You’re the one filling your head with stressful thoughts and emotions. Instead of letting these thoughts fill your head until it gets out of control, buy a notebook and write everything down.
Journaling is a great way to get your feelings out in the open without having to speak to anyone about it. Let leash in your own personal journal and write down everything. You could even write everything you need to do and everything you wish to do. Have fun with it! There are no rules for what you write.
- Move every day
Exercise is hands-down one of the best things you can do to relieve stress. This doesn’t mean you have to go for an intense workout session at the gym every day. Here at LLLY we encourage you to do anything that gets you active for at least 30 minutes a day.
If it’s a nice day, go for a walk. If you like yoga, get on your mat. If you love going to the gym, get down there! There are so many options available to you. Just make sure you’re moving your body and keeping it active. You’ll reap the rewards, feel healthier and lower your stress all at the same time.
- Respect your body
Stress can sometimes trigger reactions that want to make you reach for that cake or go and get that McDonalds. But, if your body is stressed, respect if by nourishing it well with nutritious food and lots of water. Your body is craving those nutrients when it is stressed so avoid highly processed food and head to the fresh aisle.
The two most important anti-stress vitamins are vitamins B and C. To get these vitamins, make sure to eat whole grains (like brown rice), avocados and vegetables. As you probably know, vitamin C is found in high quantities in citrus fruits, kiwis and peppers.
Magnesium, calcium and potassium are minerals that can also help you de-stress. These minerals help to relax your nervous system and also your heart. How great does that sound? They are found in dark, leafy greens (think spinach and kale) and also in avocados, bananas and almonds.
- Chill out and relax
Taking a little bit of time out every day for you is extremely important. There are so many relaxation techniques available that there really is no excuse. At LLLY, we enjoy sitting with our eyes closed for 10 minutes a day, concentrating on our breathing. We also encourage meditation and yoga.
There are other ways to relax too. If you enjoy going to the spa or having a massage – make sure you treat yourself. If you don’t want to splash the cash, head out to a lovely open space and sit on the grass. Go for a walk, listen to music, read a great book, have a laugh with your mates – just do anything that relaxes you!
And, of course, concentrate on getting a good night’s sleep. Having adequate sleep will help immensely in reducing your stress levels. If you need help to get to sleep, target natural remedies such as chamomile tea and avoid TV and reading books before bed as these stimulate your brain. Turn off that mobile! And if you can’t get to sleep easily, don’t fret. Just close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Even if you’re not asleep straight away, you’re still relaxing!
We hope you found these tips helpful. If you still need some assistance with lowering stress levels, make sure you book in to come and see Steve!