STRESS — is a bully. It can sneak up unawares, robbing us of well-being. Over time stress can wreak havoc on our whole being – spirit, mind and body. The good news — if you’re aware stress is taking a toll, you can beat it. Here are a few friendly tips.
#1 Get daily moderate exercise and hydrate throughout the day. Aim for 30 – 45 minutes of moderate walking, cycling, gym or sports activity. Drink 8 glasses of water to refresh your system throughout the day. I’ve recently discovered Amazonian guayusa tea with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon is a fabulous way to get going with a clean burst of energy that lasts all day. Guayusa has caffeine, so if you need to avoid caffeine, look for a herbal tea option instead.
#2 Be mindful and aware of ‘stress triggers’ at home, work, in relationships, etc., Know what boundaries you need to put in place in your life to stay on top of and proactive about stress. You know the old saying, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’. Make it a motto.
#3 Take things lightly, and do your best at what you love to do, but avoid striving or overdoing things. Meeting deadlines is sometimes necessary, but perfectionism or overdoing can be a trap that causes ‘brain drain’ and can rob you of everyday joy.
#4 Practise relaxation. One of the best ways to beat stress is to find time to play with a pet, watch a fun movie, read an inspiring book. Whatever you do, make a habit of taking a load off.
#5 Eat healthy snacks and meals including plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and a wholesome balance of food groups to suit your lifestyle. Complement your daily eats with high quality nutritional supplements — and always check with your naturopath or doctor if you’re on medications in order to avoid any interactions.
Life is good. Keep it simple. Breathe deep and often. Live it well. Live it happy.