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Manage Your Stress & Avoid Illness

In November’s newsletter, “Is Your Body Telling You to Slow Down?” we shared the detrimental effects of chronic stress and the signs that your body is saying you need to take better care of your health before it shuts down. Today’s blog post lists ways in which you can switch gears, boost your immune system and prevent colds and flues! 

In case you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, we listed the classic signs that you’re body is saying, “slow down!” and referred to our 2011 series on stress:stressed-out-new-mom

  1. What is Stress? A definition and 8 stress management techniques.
  2. What is Stress? Part 2 Sources of stress, symptoms and how chronic stress affects us.
  3. What’s Good about Stress? An article about how stress can actually benefit us.
  4. 10 Unusual Stress Management Techniques Some little-known ways to help manage stress levels.

If you believe you’ve been in over-drive for way too long, then it’s time to switch into some lower gears. But how do we do that?

How to Manage Stress

  • Conquer it rather than manage it! What if we could finally eradicate stress? While it may take some time, effort and knowledge, one doctor seems to believe there is a way to do this. Dr. Prasad has created the Turning Point Program which promises to show us how we can practice conquering stress. (Read: Conquer Your Stress! for more information.) If you’re not quite ready to take on this project, keep reading…
  • Meditate. Gidon, owner of G Force Training, highly recommends walking in nature to rejuvenate, or listening to music that eases your mind/body rather than get you pumped up (read, Pump Up the Jams… Pump Them Up… at the Gym!). But there are other ways to meditate, especially little-known ways which we list in Meditate Don’t Medicate!
  • Sleep! Yes, it can be very challenging to get some zzz’s when you’re overwhelmed and stressed. But most health pros will contend that sleep is THE number one way you can manage stress most effectively. So read, “Rest & Recover Your Way to Better Health” for ways to initiate sleep when it’s been eluding you.
  • Simplify your life. Oh, yes, you CAN do this! If something on your list has too many steps or involves too much of your time, or too many people, look for ways to reach the same results using less steps, your effort and people. Think it out. Also, if your list is too long because you’ve committed yourself to helping others, you will have to Learn to Say No & Find Time for Health.
  • Work out, have fun and play sports. You can amalgamate all these into one or separate them, depending on your personal preferences. Working out helps you manage all that pent up energy your brain accumulates with perceived stress. Kick boxing will help anyone release (in a healthy way) natural human emotions like anger and frustration (check out Big Hit Studios for regular kickboxing classes). And playing sports, or anything competitive, releases dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter.
  • Eat/drink more anti-oxidants. Believe it or not, stress requires the body to process it through physiological operations which produce biological waste into the bloodstream known as free radicals. These waste chemicals are known to cause cancer. To neutralize these harmful by-products, you can ingest more anti-oxidants, like grapes, goji berries, blueberries, greens (spinach, kale, dandelion, etc.), and both green and black teas.

These are, in our opinion, the top 6 ways to manage your stress. When your body is telling you to slow down (check the signs and symptoms), this is the time to stop, reexamine how you’ve been living your life and make some immediate changes in order to avoid illness.

Stay tuned to our next blog post where we share more nutrition advice to boost your immune system!

Do you have any stress management tips to add to this list? 

 

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