5 Quick Tips to Lower Stress

Helpful Tips

Tip #1: Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sounds simple, but the reality is that many people don’t get enough quality sleep. Sleep is where every aspect of our physical bodies (muscles, energy systems and organs, etc.) recharge. As a result, we cannot run our bodies efficiently (as stress-free as possible) if we fail to re-energize with quality sleep. What do most people do when they are having trouble functioning  during the day?

They have coffee!

This is why coffee shops continue to open up all around us on each and every block. And it’s not just coffee. There are hundreds of products on the market designed to stimulate the production of quick and easy energy. However, this artificially-induced energy comes at a high cost – increased STRESS. Your organs, especially the liver (detoxification) and adrenal glands (adrenaline production), are significantly taxed by these stimulants. Now your already-tired body has to do a lot of work to deal with these added stressors. Even though you may feel more energetic or alive, you are actually in a worse state of being. As the saying goes, you are tired but wired.

Get a good night’s sleep and enjoy real energy.

Tip #2: Gratitude Attitude

So now your alarm (internal or external) goes off and you feel re-energized from your good night’s sleep. It’s time to seize the day and a fantastic way to do this is by getting into the right mindset. One of the most positive emotions we can generate is gratitude. When we are grateful, we are focused on all the blessings and good things we have in our lives. This practice (habit) naturally leaves us feeling good and it further raises our spirits (energy).

Tip #3: Eat Healthy

The next thing to be grateful for is the food you will enjoy the rest of the day. However, it is important to make the right choice of foods and beverages to avoid stressing our bodies. Whenever you eat anything, you immediately place your body under stress. Your body has to digest, assimilate and convert the food-stuff into energy. If the food is healthy then there is a positive exchange of energy. In other words, the energy the food contains is greater than the energy it takes for the body to break it down (and convert it into usable energy). If the food-stuff is unhealthy (nutrient or enzymatically-deficient) then this puts a lot more load (stress) on the body (especially the digestive and detoxification system) and the exchange is negative. This is a key statement.

Why?

Well, this means that eating unhealthy foods will stress out your body and leave you feeling tired or at the very least, less energetic than before you ate your meal.

Tip #4: Conscious Breathing Walk

Two things that greatly aid digestion are walking and conscious breathing. A casually-paced walk and conscious breathing are exercises which stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (often referred to as the “rest and digest” part). Anything which supports this system will lower your stress levels and increase your vitality. These walks do not need to be too far as even 5-10 minutes can prove to be beneficial. Try it and experience it for yourself. Simply go for a walk and focus on your breathing.

Tip #5: Laugh a Little Lot

Laughter is another thing which supports our parasympathetic nervous system.  Yes of course there are times to be serious but there is also plenty of time for humour. Actually, I find genuine (non-malicious) and well-timed humour can diffuse the most tense situations. Why? Laughter makes us feel good. It releases feel-good hormones such as serotonin which reduces tension (stress). Take a moment and think about some of the funniest experiences in your life. After you reflect on this for a while, notice how you feel. This is a great little exercise you can often do to improve your mood. But there is nothing better than a great hearty laugh.

Sal Crispo

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