Stress – a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
Unfortunately, for most of us, stress is a part of our daily life. We can’t run away to a deserted island so what can we do? Here are five tips to help manage stress….
1- Don’t skip meals – it’s tempting when we are stressed to skip eating however low blood sugar can lead to nausea, panic attacks and anger. Try eating a few mouthfuls of a non-sugary snack every 2-3 hours
2 – Get outside – just 15 minutes outside gently walking, even when its cold and wintery will help to clear your head so you can better cope with what’s facing you when you get back.
3 – Breathe! – when we are stressed we get into the habit of breathing shallowly – this then leads to the brain lacking in oxygen which in turn can lead to poor concentration or even panic/anxiety attacks. When stressed take 2 deep breaths in and out followed by one really really deep breath in where you fully inflate the lungs. Exhale until you are desperate to take another breath. It may help to imagine breathing out all the stress/anxiety etc in the form of black smoke.
4 – Cut the caffeine – coffee isn’t a major issue unless we drink more than 2 -3 cups a day. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, which means too much can lead to a rapid heartbeat and increase in blood pressure. Two things that are already symptoms of stress!
5 – Rehydrate – when we are stressed we dehydrate more quickly (often because we are drinking a lot of tea or coffee). Ideally we should drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day with either organic and cloudy apple cider vinegar in it or if you can’t face that then 2-3 squeezed lemons. If dehydrated the brain feels it first and we begin to feel foggy headed and/or struggle to concentrate. Our memory is also affected. When we are stressed our stomach struggles to digest our food and absorb nutrients hence the need for the apple cider vinegar or lemons. Without nutrients, our brain and body finds coping with stress nigh on impossible.
If you regularly suffer from stress then none of the above is probably news to you but if you would like to find out how to cope with the stress in your life and its associated health problems such as anxiety, low mood, poor sleep, headaches and digestive issues and learn which foods and drinks can neutralise the effects of stress on your body, plus, take away practical techniques you can use when you feel you need that extra bit of help coping with stress including Access Bars points on the head and Hand Reflexology techniques come to my informal workshop –“Stress – Let’s take back control” on Wednesday 1st November 2017.
Doors open 6pm for a 6.15pm start and every attendee receives a complimentary “Health and Healing For All £10.00 Gift Voucher”.
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