stress much?

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Yeah….me too.

When most women talk about stress they are usually referring to an emotional stress or tension.  And what constitutes as tormenting stress to one may be a cake walk for someone else!   (who are those women?)  Either way, any ‘stressor’ can trigger the body’s automatic stress-response system.  Now you’re going to welcome in illness, such as a common cold, a heart attack or even cancer.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

TIPS FOR EATING DURING STRESS

  • Don’t forget breakfast!! If you are running on empty, stress will be much harder to manage
  • Slow down!  Eating quickly can cause digestive problems, which will only make things more stressful
  • Don’t diet!  (It’s about time someone said that!) Changing your eating habits can be stressful even during the good days!
  • Pass on the cocktail and caffeine!  They will affect your mood and sleep patterns.
  • Listen to your body!  Avoid foods that cause discomfort and get plenty of sleep at night.

Good nutrition is extremely important during those bouts of stress.  Your food will provide energy, vitamins and minerals for dealing with stress and help to attack any negative nellies that are zeroing in on your immune system.

Take a hike!  No seriously….get outside.  Go for a walk and take some deep breaths.  Look up at the clouds and remind yourself of the important things in life….and count your blessings!  Be grateful for waking up!  Can’t park up close to the store?  Thank God you have two good legs and can probably use the extra steps to burn some calories.

When you see what you DO have, you’ll have a stronger sense of peace and that stress will begin to disappear….

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how to breathe…. like a boss….

Well, let’s see….I’ve been breathing for almost 54 years now, so I think I’ve got it down now.

Did you know that breathing is a very successful stress management tool?  Of course you did, but there might be a few new things that I can tell you, so hold your breath…..wait, don’t.

When you are under pressure and dealing with a lot of stress, your breath is fast, short and shallow.  However, when your are in a peaceful and relaxed state, you naturally take deeper, slower and longer breaths.

TRY THIS:

  • Sit in a chair with your back straight, yet not rigid.
  • Relax your shoulders and place your palms on either side of your abdomen.
  • Inhale slowly through your nose, causing your abdomen to expand, then your middle, and finally the chest.
  • When exhaling, contract your abdomen first, then your middle and then the chest.  Exhale out your mouth as if your were blowing out a candle.
  • Repeat two or three times.
  

Breathing is so natural, we hardly ever  think about it. But have you ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Every part  of the body is affected by breathing properly, and there is a proper way!
Dr. Andrew Weil says: “Improper breathing is  a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to  just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. There’s no  single more powerful–or more simple–daily practice to further your health and  well-being than breathwork.”
DID YOU KNOW?
  • Breathing is essential for the integrity of the brain, nerves, glands and internal organs
  • We can go without food for weeks and without water for days, but without oxygen, we will die within a few minutes
  • When the brain does not gets proper supply of this essential nutrient, it will result in the degradation of all vital organs in the body
  • The brain requires more oxygen than any other organ

So stop taking your breath for granted!  Do it right!  Like a boss!!

And most of all…………..try a tic-tac….

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