Stress is one of those things that most people feel they don’t have. How many times has someone said to you “You look stressed?” Inside you are thinking you are crazy I do not feel stressed at all. Yet if you were to go take your blood pressure it probably would be off the charts. Stress is like this silent ugly bully that lies inside of us and just creeps on us when we can’t even see it coming. According to Wikipedia  Stress is a person’s response to a stressor such as an environmental condition or a stimulus. Stress is a body’s method of reacting to a challenge. According to the stressful event, the body’s way to respond to stress is by sympathetic nervous system activation which results in the fight-or-flight response. Stress typically describes a negative condition or a positive condition that can have an impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being. Can you see any of that in your life? Yuck it sounds so horrid doesn’t it?

Life creates stress lets just be honest with each other.  We all have it no matter how healthy, strong, fit, young or old you are. Now that we know a little about stress, what can we do about it? Here is a great article by Robin Rose on stress. I think you will find it helpful.

Under Stress? Refuel Your Brain To Handle It Better.
If you are in the middle of a lot of stress (another winter storm, work overload or work concerns, sick kiddos, relationship upsets), pay attention to how much and how often you are taking in needed oxygen and glucose. All too often when we need clear thinking and healthy immune systems the most, we use hurried, shallow breathing and tend to eat less healthy food and snacks and more fast food. What we need the most we often get the least of.Even though your brain is just 2 – 3% of your body weight, it uses 20 – 25% of the oxygen and glucose in your blood. If we are under lots of stress, or spending excessive time in reactive mode (fight, flight, freeze, hurry, worry, upset, overwhelmed, resentful), the body burns resources faster than it can acquire them. This negatively impacts our brain function, brain health and physical well-being.
What To Do:

Breathe: Every hour take two long, slow deep breaths (like right now as you’re reading this). It’s the second exhalation that shifts our chemistry – activating the parasympathetic system (calm and relaxation) and high function brain states. Increase your laughter – laughter is breathing. Once each day breathe low and slow (fewer than 6 breaths per minute) for 5 full minutes (you can do this before you fall asleep or before you get out of bed in the morning, or at your lunch break). Take a brisk 5-10 minute walk every day.

Nourish: Eat something healthy every 3 hours or so – a meal of mainly unprocessed foods (lean protein, complex carbs, good fats). Include a couple of snacks in between meals: a handful of nuts, pumpkin seeds (I like the spicy ones), an apple, some yogurt. A stressed brain uses glucose rapidly, so keep it sustained with whole food snacks (these sustain consistent glucose levels for longer amounts of time).


The Result?:

These things won’t make the weather change, but they will improve how well you deal with the stressors. At the same time, you’ll stay healthier, more resistant to winter colds and illnesses, and simply feel better emotionally and physically!These things won’t make the weather change, but they will improve how well you deal with the stressors. At the same time, you’ll stay healthier, more resistant to winter colds and illnesses, and simply feel better emotionally and physically!
I know a lot of this seams like duh information but stress is no joke. You need to wake up and realize you have some. Take time to practice some of these ideas by Robin. I promise you it can only help you on your journey to feeling happy, healthy and fit.

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