Stress, it’s a killer…

Stress, is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Having Stress…yes we all do, it can be a good thing, that keeps you on your toes, but when it becomes to much, it can become debilitation.

The moment we become more self-aware and begin to realize the way we react to daily stress, improvement can begin. The first step is knowing that thinking is a physical act.- ” Dr. Thomas Hanna

How We manage Stress is important.
There are many life challenges that cause Stress:
Job loss
Chronic Illness
The Effect that Stress has on your body:
High Blood Pressure
Weight Gain
Heart Problems

Nutrition, such as vitamin C is helpful during times of stress. Eat a well balanced diet to support the adrenal gland, such as whole grains, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, salmon and sweet potatoes. Chinese ginseng, vitamin B6, Zinc, magnesium and Potassium for adrenal support, eat a banana. Avoid excess caffeine, and cigarette smoke.

Sound, can have a positive impact on the Nervous System.
Listening to natural sounds such as waves crashing, forest noises, the “Ocean and Birdsongs” music, and Classical Music or the Ballet.

Smell, is also helpful. The olfactory system has an immediate affect on both the physiological and psychological bodies. Essential oils that are calming such as Lavender is an aromatic smell that helps to relieve stress. Smells that remind you of past and present calming memories. I love smelling a bonfire, fireplace, and freshly cut grass in the summertime. Reminds me of my childhood. Flowers, take a deep breath, its helpful in reliving Stress!

Sight, is probably something that you couldn’t imaging helping with Stress, but it does. Color helps when dealing with Stress. Calming neutral colors such as, greens, and blues, and warm harmonious colors will help. Visual images of positive thoughts through meditation, and yoga. Surround yourself with people that love and support you.. then, go watch a funny movie with them!!!

Exercise, I can not tell you how often exercise has helped me cope with stressful situations in my life. It really helps. Try just walking, yoga, running, aerobic exercises, and also swimming. Exercise increases the secretion of endorphins which leads to feelings of euphoria and creates fewer negative thoughts, which relieve the effects of Stress.

Stress will wear our bodies and our mental state down!! If you are feeling overwhelmed about a situation that you are experiencing, maybe see a therapist, try exercising, listen to your favorite tunes, and hang out with people who love you. You are not alone..I have been there many times, but learning coping skills will help you through it all.

Walking to improve your health
Go the distance. Find a partner or go it alone, family, pets or friends.
By some good supportive walking shoes. Studies show that even a small amount of brisk walking can improve your health. Walk at
any age-20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s…..
Walking is the most inexpensive exercise that you can do. It is a great time to reflect and meditate.
Wake up your walking muscles to burn more calories. Skip stretching, just mimic walking in place. Fuel your walk: eat a light carbohydrate rich snack such as a banana or yogurt 20 minutes before lacing up! Why? It pre
vents blood sugars from dropping. After you walk, eat a complex carbohydrate, protein combo, veggies, chicken, salmon, and or black beans.

What happens when you walk?
Your heart rate revs up from about 70 to 100 beats per minute (bpm), warming the muscles, the joints then release a lubricating fluid and you burn on average 5 calories per minute. This is compared to 1 per minute at rest.
Your heart rate increases to about 140 bpm’s. You are now burning 6 calories per minute, and your blood vessels expand to release heat. You then start to sweat. Your body releases hormones, and endorphins.
Insulin, which helps store fat, drops, as you burn more fat.
Your body will continue to burn calories up to 1 hour after your walk.

The Benefits of Walking.
Walking gives you energy.
Burns fat which helps you lose weight
Reduces stress
Strengthens your muscles and bones.
Improves your heart health, and can help lower cholesterol
Reduces your risk of diabetes.
Improves your lungs
Builds immunity to diseases.
Increases flexibility of muscles and range of joint motion.
Relaxes you and improves sleep.

Go take a nice long walk! Start the New Year off right with a healthy routine.

……make a memory everyday and don’t apologize for who you are..Rebecca

2 thoughts on “Stress, it’s a killer…

  1. Very accurate information.
    Stress lead me to having a stroke and permanently loosing my vision in one eye. My high blood pressure caused a Retinal Occlusion but no neurological damage. Very lucky. I have and continue to remove stress from my life via Diet, Exercise and non participation in toxic work environments.

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