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What Stress Does to You

 

People ignore this until it’s caused so much damage it eventually leads to death. Many of us are over-worked and over our heads, seldom saving time to undo all that damage.

It’s called stress.  It is the wrecking ball of life and breaks down happiness and smashes your health.

According to the American Institute of Stress, 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are related to stress. It is a primary risk factor for heart attacks, stroke, sudden death, high blood pressure, thick and unhealthy blood, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It promotes the deposition of deep abdominal fat, and the development of weight gain, insulin resistance and diabetes.

If you want to keep and build happiness and health, reducing and managing stress is a must.

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How to Reduce Stress

Meditate
Create space in your mind and in your life to think clearly and creativily.  Filling your mind and calendar up to the brim leaves no room for freedom.  A friend once told me, “Every week I just schedule ‘nothing’ in my calender and make myself do exactly that; nothing.’ Check out the Headspace app, or if into gadgets, get the Spire Mindfulness Tracker.

 

Massage

The benefits are endless. Not only does this force you to make time for yourself, but it also renews you physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It’s not a luxury to get pampered, but endless medical reasons why and how it benefits you. (Schedule a massage with us in our Columbus location.)

Yoga

Balance your mind and body, increase circulation, focus on your breathing, and feel all the stress melt from you and off your mat.  Keep this as a healthy habit, and you’ll be amazed at your stress management skills!

Laugh

Happy and optimistic people tend to be healthier and live longer according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra of the HeartMD Institute. When was the last time you had a good laugh? Invite friends over for games, go to a comedy, or pursue a fun hobby. Research has shown that humor can improve memory, lower levels of stress hormones, boost mood, and protect against the damaging effects of stress.

Positive Community

Relationships and environments can be toxic.  Do your best to surround yourself with optimistic and positive people. Speak life into others, and invite life that positive people may speak into you, it’s empowering! God made us to be connected and in community.

Money Smart

Make it simple and live below your means so you don’t get caught up in the rat race of working to keep your head above water.  We live in a consumer age, where the mindset is to buy now and pay later and that only sets us up for the stress that’s not as easy to deal with.  Proud to say that my husband and I immediately took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and learned how to tell every one of our dollars where to go.  We paid off all of our college loans, credit cards, and cars with the diligence of it and still meet every month to discuss each month.

Clean Diet and Nutrition Supplements

You are what you absorb.  Nutrition goes beyond what makes us skinny and sexy, but what makes us thrive.  There are foods that can disrupt our system.  Sugar and yeast being the main culprits to stress and disease.  Meeting with almost any Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath Doctor, they’ll suggest or prescribe either a paleo diet or something very similar, and using supplements to make up for what foods don’t supply enough of.

Take time off

Look into scheduling regular time off.  Find a something close to home that you can make the drive for a weekend getaway.  Having something on the schedule for a little R & R gives you something to look forward to!  We all need that time to renew our minds and bodies to balance stressful lives.

Regular Exercise

Discover what you love to do as exercise and get out and do it.  My personal favorites is weight lifting, yoga, and spin class.  We get so busy, we push out the most important things (like exercise and good sleep) to get more things done.  Sounds like a good idea to take care of yourself last, but in the end, it only damages you.

While it is a big killer of health and happiness, take Small Habits to Prevent and Undo Stress (read more).  Your future self will thank you for it!

 

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bailey 1Hi! I'm Bailey! I am a national athlete in two sports, passionate about natural living, and even more passionate about getting and giving the MOST out of this short life. I massage, coach, compete, and share all my secrets here. Enjoy!

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