FOODS THAT REDUCE STRESS
WHAT’S STRESSING YOUR LIFE OUT?!
In life, there are good and bad stressors. I know from personal experience that bad stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being. As a Certified Wellness Coach I offer simple resources through nutrition, physical activity, and mental exercises that can help relieve stress. If you’ve ever experienced severe depression, anxiety attacks or severe mood swings stress is often the cause. Whether your stress symptom equates to taking a sleeping pill to wind down at night or having shortness of breath during anxiety, stress has this really unique tendency of affecting your health, relationships and productivity. Overall, stress has this way of holding you back, from showing up in life; at your best.
ARE YOU STRESSED?
Do you suffer from digestive complaints that you just can’t seem to find the cause?
Do you once in a while get the feeling of suffocation or shortness of breath?
Do you sometimes experience the inability to communicate or focus?
Do you depend on coffee or other stimulants to get going in the morning?
Do you rely on alcohol or a sleeping pill to wind down at night?
If you answer yes to any of these questions then you may be suffering from chronic stress. There are measures that you can take to better cope and manage stress.
Put down that cup of coffee, reduce your caffeine, and sugar intake which can cause blood sugar fluctuations, increasing the chances of developing mood swings and anxiety; making you more prone to stress. Explore caffeine alternatives. Yerba Mate, a drink made from the leaves and stems of a powerful rainforest tree; native to the subtropical rainforest of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina is a healthy alternative to your caffeine fix. In addition to Yerba Mate, green and black tea are rich in anti-oxidants that works wonders for the body and if you can get your hands on rooibos often referred to as red bush tea than your setting your body up for physical greatness. Rooibos tea is very popular in South Africa and England. Its made from the rooibos plant that has a slew of rich nutrients- like zinc, calcium and anti-oxidants.
EAT FOODS THAT RELIEVE STRESS
Calcium has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Increase intake of calcium-rich food (e.g. leafy greens, milk, bone broth like chicken & beef) – especially during dinner can help you wind down. If you do take a supplement, take it with dinner to help you ease into the evening.
• Omega-3 fatty acids such as cold water fish (salmon, cod, trout)
• Vitamin B-6 such as lentils and Ccickpeas
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Practicing a bedtime ritual can help you wind down and signal your body that it’s time to relax and get ready for sleep – e.g. turn off the TV, computer or any screens at least an hour before bed; have a warm cup of chamomile tea, or read a book. The blue or white light from electronic devices can interfere with your ability to relax and fall asleep.
- Yoga- meditation and breathing exercises is a tremendous aid in winding down.
- Stop multi-tasking – focusing on one thing at a time helps you become more efficient and focused.
- Journaling – set aside a few minutes in the morning to journal.
- Pamper yourself – get yourself a massage, pedicure, bubble bath, something that helps you feel pampered and a million bucks, at least once a week.
- Silencing the internal chatter – the most creative people get their best ideas and do their best work when their internal mind is calm and quiet.