5 Ridiculously easy ways to DECREASE your stress IMMEDIATELY
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
The saying "Stress is NOT good on the body" is NOT just a saying, It..Is...REAL.
Shataun and Karissa here! I can admit, we...the Aquarians, were always the first to pretend that stress was not a big deal, it was just like:
"Hey suck it up"
"Everybody is dealing with something"
"I'm strong if I ignore it, and weak if I acknowledge it"
So if you’re like we were, then we need to have a “Come to Creator” moment and get real about how stress IS affecting our bodies….
Why are we talking about stress like it’s not enough to live with stress, now I’ve got to be talking about it too?!
Agh…. not fun…we know!!!
But the truth is it's important to acknowledge stress so you can reduce it or cope with it a little better. Even if you're stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy.
Think of it like aiming for a 1% improvement….you may not be able to change the stressors in your life, but if you can manage the impact on your body 1% better, then you’ll stay healthier and more able to handle the stress.
Because if we continue to ignore it we face the reality that:
● Stress increases cortisol production associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), an inability to lose weight or gain muscle and premature aging
● Stress decreases nutrient absorption due to decreased enzymatic production from the stomach, pancreas and liver and decreased bile flow from the gall bladder
● Stress increases nutrient excretion such as urinary loss of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, chromium, selenium and microminerals
● Stress decreases gut flora populations by destroying healthy intestinal bacteria and can lead to immune problems, skin disorders, nutrient deficiencies, and digestive distress
● Stress increases salt retention which can lead to high blood pressure
● Stress decreases the thyroid hormone which can negatively affect your metabolism
● Stress decreases sex hormones which leads to loss of libido and low energy
But you’re not reading this just to talk about problems, you’re reading to find solutions! So read on…
How Can I Reduce or Cope Better with Stress?
Remember, since we can’t always control the stress in our lives, the goal is to reduce our experience of stress by even 1%.
Here’s how you can do that, starting NOW:
1. EMBRACE "CANCEL CULTURE"
Look at your calendar for the next 7 days. What’s one activity you’ve committed to that you can cancel? Now do it!
2. GIVE IT AWAY
Look at your to-do list. What’s one item you can delegate to someone else in the next 24 hours?
3. TAKE A CHILL PILL
Consider everything that you have on your plate. Where can you fit in 20 minutes for yourself —where you’re not taking care of anyone else or being “productive”—so you can just relax and play and do something mindless?
4. FRESH AIR & MOVEMENT
What do you have planned tomorrow? Now figure out where can you fit in a 10-minute walk or take a literal moment to smell the flowers? The fresh air and movement will help you cope waaaaaay better with stress.
Before your next meal, try what we call the “5-5-7” breath.
Inhale for a count of 5
Hold your breath for a count of 5
Then exhale for a count of 7.
Repeat at least 3 times.
This gives your body a chance to relax before your meal, which will increase your digestive capacity and help your body pull more nutrients from the food you’re eating.
If you feel too stressed to relax, and you KNOW it’s affecting your health, your weight and your energy levels, then click here NOW to schedule a time to talk with us about how to reduce or cope better with the stress in your life.
We’ve helped tons of clients solve this problem, and chances are very good that we can help you, too.
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