Updated: Apr 28, 2021
Even though you might be 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. 1% adds up over time… think about 10%, 20%, and even more!!
Often, the little things are the BIG things that add up to affect our health.
What are some of the effects of stress on your body?
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
Stress increases nutrient excretion such as 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 decreases your metabolism
Let's transition to talking about solutions…
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:
Look at your calendar for the next 7 days. What’s one activity you’ve committed to that you can cancel?
Look at your to-do list. What’s one item you can delegate to someone else in the next 24 hours?
Consider your schedule today. 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 do something mindless and refreshing?
Look at your calendar for tomorrow. Where can you fit in a 10-minute walk or frisbee toss in your backyard? The fresh air and movement will help you cope waaay better with stress.
Before your next meal, try what I 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.
I want to invite you to pick 3 action steps from the tips listed above to implement THIS week! Grab your calendar and add in some blocks of time or reminders to give yourself permission to SLOW DOWN this week to fill back up. I'm cheering you on and deeply desire for you to experience some relief from the heaviness of stress!
If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress, struggling 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 me about how to reduce or cope better with the stress in your life.
I’ve helped multiple clients with this, and I would love to support you in your journey as well!
To your health,