6 Stress – Busting Strategies

  1. DEEP BREATHING: With every breath you take, you supply the whole body with oxygen and release the waste product, Carbon Dioxide.  Improper breathing can interfere with how well you able to supply the body with Oxygen.  This can make it harder for you to cope with stressful situations and can be a contributing factor in anxiety, panic attacks, depression, muscle tension and fatigue. (Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, inhale slowly.)
  2. Exercise: When you exercise your body produces Endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain which help you sleep better, decreases pain which in turn reduces stress. Studies show during   periods of high stress those who exercised less frequently had 37% more physical symptoms than those who exercised more often.
  3. Eat Right: When we are stressed we often turn to “comfort foods”, like chips, pizza, ice cream etc… These high fat foods are usually the worst choices because they can make you feel lethargic and less able to deal with stress. The better choice is to consume fermented foods such as fermented vegetables. Also, consider some Apple Cider Vinegar in warm  water.  It will help stabilize your blood sugar and nourish your gut with friendly bacteria.
  4. Learn to Laugh & Stay Positive: When was the last time you had a good laugh? I mean that laugh that makes your stomach hurt. Go rent a funny movie and watch your stress level decrease.  Laughter is The Best Medicine!
  5. Stay Connected with People: Surround yourself with positive people.  Go to lunch with a friend.  Loneliness can be a major source of stress.
  6. Meditation: Take 10 minutes a day for some alone time. Focus on all those things you’re grateful for and eliminate all other thoughts and problems.  This is also a good time to work on your deep breathing.


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