April is National Stress Awareness Month! Most of us experience stress on a daily basis, but it’s important to understand the affect stress has on our body. The daily stress we experience cause our bodies attack us. Our limbic brain takes over and shuts down all body systems which don’t help us fight or flee danger. This causes our body to always be on high alert. Our adrenaline levels don’t decrease. Our digestive, reproductive, and immune systems aren’t turned back on. This ends in a host of autoimmune, reproductive, and digestive issues.
Here are some great ways to reduce stress levels:
Stress Fighting Foods- Healthy, whole foods are great for fighting stress. Reaching for sugar or caffeine at the first sign of stress can actually decrease our body’s ability to combat stress. Leafy greens, avocados, and blueberries are out favorite stress fighting foods.
Take a Break- Go for a walk, read a book, or take a bath. It’s important to make some time to unwind and get your mind off all the constantly stress.
Get a Massage- Massage is one of the best ways to reduce stress. They can immediately lift your mood and help with anxiety, irritability, anger, and more.
What is your favorite way to reduce stress?