We can’t touch or grab hold of it, define it in quantitative terms, or measure its levels with precision. It often presents itself as a sneaky master of disguise, hidden beneath the surface recognizable by several symptoms such as shallow breathing, insomnia, exhaustion, anxiety and sugar cravings.
While most are aware of its potential impact, many of us are unable to put our own individual stress levels into perspective until various health issues, both physical and mental in nature, begin to manifest.
The good news is stress levels do not have to reach the point of serious health consequences before something can be done. It takes just one small step in the right direction to begin the process of minimizing day-today stress into more manageable levels.
There are five key areas of focus to achieve a healthier body and mind:
- A quiet, tranquil environment to spend time reading a good book, soaking in a hot bath, meditating or spending time in nature, even for as little as 10 minutes a day, are all excellent ways to relax. Doing so calms the nervous system, which in turn lowers elevated stress levels.
- Physical activity results in our body releasing “feel-good” endorphins into our system and studies have shown that endorphins also play a role in moderating our stress response. Finding small ways to add exercise to our daily lives is necessary to modulate stress.
- Avoiding and/or reducing the major culprits in stress aggravation, namely sugar, caffeine and alcohol, is vital when trying to get stress levels under control. Including foods high in vitamins A, B, C & E is important as these are all often depleted when the body is under stress.
- Incorporating a supplement or two to our daily routine can help support our system while we are making the necessary changes toward reducing our daily stress levels. A few suggestions to get started are St. Francis St. John’s Wort Tincture, AOR Advanced B Complex and Genestra Super Cal Mag.
- Sometimes grown-ups forget the importance of play and engaging in hobbies. Finding that thing in life that brings us joy and takes us to our happy place helps to relax and calm our minds.
One of the best ways to embark on a new stress management plan is to enlist the help of a Health & Wellness Practitioner who can provide guidance, ways to implement the changes and ongoing support. Once the ball gets rolling, the changes will become a part of everyday life and edge us closer to optimal health.
**The information and supplement suggestions provided in this article is wellness advice only and should not be used as a substitution for proper medical advice. For specific concerns, advice on potential interactions with medications, etc. it is strongly recommended that you contact a healthcare practitioner.**
Brandy Kaddoura began her journey to health a little over ten years ago. Having no knowledge whatsoever about holistic living she started researching different topics on her own and, little by little, incorporated new ways of living into her daily routine. She attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner applying her expertise and skills to helping others improve their health.