HELLO STRESS! GOOD-BYE STRESS!
Everyone endures stress in their daily lives. Whether it’s driving in rush hour, forgetting to pick up milk from the grocery store or even trying to fit too many things into your 24 hour day. It comes in a variety of forms such as mental stress (work/relationships) to mechanical stress (posture/physical) to environmental stressors (chemicals/foods). These stressors all add up and the body has to react to them on a daily basis.
Some people struggle to find ways to cope with these feelings, especially those who live with episodic acute stress and other stress disorders. Someone with a stress disorder experiences intense emotions and life-or-death feelings in response to relatively mundane stressors such as missing a deadline at work. Over time, episodic acute stress can have a negative impact on your health so it is vital that is treated through lifestyle changes, therapy, and even medication.
For regular, everyday stresses though, here are some great tips to help prepare your mind and body to deal with stress! Although physical activity and sleep can play a huge role in giving you an advantage is fighting stress, there’s a nutritional component you may be missing. Consider these tips to help you lead a life with a little less stress!
Decrease Caffeine and Alcohol Intake: Alcohol has been linked to stress response in humans and what’s more is that it is linked to substance dependency which is a stressful condition itself. Try to limit caffeine intake too as it’s effects are not long term.
Nutrition: While there is evidence that some foods can cause stress, there is even more evidence that other nutrients can reduce stress. Try to incorporate Vitamin A, Vitamin B5, B6, Vitamin C, antioxidant rich foods (such as green tea), magnesium rich foods (eg. spinach, soybeans, salmon) and health fats (Eg. pistachios, almonds and walnuts) into your diet to give your body the nutrition it needs to fight stress.
Water: Water can help to relieve stress. Did you know that a dehydrated body creates more of the stress hormone cortisol. Don’t forget to consume water. Read our previous post to find out “The Power of Water“.
Exercise: Discover the effect exercise has on preventing stress! Activity helps to release endorphins that are “feel good neurotransmitters”. This could explain why people who exercise regularly may seem less stressed! Try shedding your stress with a workout to not only get your mind off stressful events, but also improve your health!! You could even Use stress balls to learn to de-stress, any sort of movement will help you!
Stress is a part of life. However, with proper nutrition, taking time to relax your body, limiting stressful situations where possible, being organized and realizing that some times there are things you can’t change are all additional ways to deal with stress.
Take care of you body: health can be a huge stressor to life! Make sure you stay on top of your health – whether it is regularly going to the gym, exercising, going to a chiropractor or eating right! All of these play a huge role in keeping you healthy and allowing your body to handy the stresses in life that we just can’t avoid!
I will leave you with two thoughts:
“It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. –Hans Selye
“Stress is an important dragon to slay – or at least tame – in your life.” — Marilu Henner
Carly Butterworth B.Sc., D.C. is a chiropractor at Backfix in Bathurst/Eglinton area. She is dedicated to optimizing your health without the use of drugs or surgery.