Stress. It is a factor in our daily routines and as we transition away from the warmth and ease of summer into autumn we are faced with shorter days and colder weather that will effect our moods and our overall health. Included in the suggestions from The National Institutes of Mental Health to combat stress is engaging in exercise and creating time for yourself. Pilates, Yoga, and Yamuna classes are mind-body based exercises that create a connection where you can learn to use your thoughts to positively influence some of your body’s physical responses, thereby decreasing stress. NIMH suggested these 8 ideas to reduce stress in your life:
Speak Up: Communicate that you are setting
boundaries, prioritizing and saying “no” when you need to. By taking
these steps, you can prevent yourself from being pulled in different
directions. Focus on the highest priority, and limit activities to
minimize being overwhelmed.
Create Time-Out Space: Carve out time for yourself.
This will allow you to take yourself off the grid. Set aside a regular
time to do something you enjoy, without interruptions or distractions.
Plan to spend at least one hour each day on your time-out; you’ll be
surprised at how energized you feel.
Exercise: This is a tremendous stress buster.
Whether it is ten minutes or 30 minutes, moving your body will create a
sense of well-being, and give you more energy. Exercise also increases
the production of feel good endomorphins, self-confidence, and can aid in improving your sleep.
Talk Don’t Text: Have traditional conversations with
friends and family members, sharing what is going on in your life or
what may create emotional distress. Though the digital age has benefits,
texting is not the same as talking it out with friends, family and other members of your support team.
Gratitude Affects Attitude: Reflect on the positive
and think of the things you can express gratitude for. We often feel put
upon and may neglect to be grateful,—remember there is something in
everyone’s world that can be a challenge.
Adjust Eating Habits: Make wise food choices. Add
fruits and vegetables to your diet along with whole grains, nuts and
legumes. Reduce the number of fried and/or high fat foods. By making a
few adjustments to choose wholesome foods, you can minimize self-induced
stress about what you are eating.
Stay Hydrated: All of the organs in the body need
water to work at optimal levels and if water consumption is lower than
it should be, this will put stress on body organs. When faced with
routine stress, low water consumption and poor hydration can magnify the
situation. Drinking an extra glass or two of water is an easy fix.
Get Enough Sleep: I talked about sleep deprivation
just a month or so ago. Getting enough sleep is essential and beneficial
to the body’s organs. Ample sleep will reduce the stress hormones in
the bloodstream. Long term higher levels of stress hormones are not good
for the heart and can elevate blood pressure.
Join us at Sana Vita for a stress free transition into the autumn months ahead. This month we are featuring a sweepstakes:
Sweepstakes begins Oct. 1st and ends Oct. 15th.