Wife and mom are my two most important titles. I’m a Dietitian by training and like to call myself a Battle Strategist because I firmly believe that we are all warriors! I want us to be empowered warriors with the good energy and health needed to fight our daily battles. We can do this Warrior Moms! We have an important job to do!
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Okay……Here’s the deal. I’m going to be talking about STRESS today. And I know if you are like me, just talking about stress makes you think about all the things that you have to STRESS out about!!
So let’s just take a deep breath. Seriously…….breathe in 1,2, 3,4 and breathe out 1, 2, 3, 4. There now! Let’s begin. This is a hot topic that is sooooo important to address. The bottom line is that stress is killing us! Our lives as a whole have become more stressful and our bodies reflect that stress. Let’s look at the top ways that stress affects the body……
Any of that sound familiar? Ugh! I know, right?!? And honestly, that’s not the worst part! Stress causes inflammation. We now know that inflammation is at the core of MOST of our diseases!! Research is showing that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate inflammation.
In addition, key research is identifying the affect that stress has on our microbiome (that balance of good and bad microbes) particularly in our gut. Stress damages that balance of bacteria. And there is a direct link between poor gut health and inflammation. So it is clear that we must manage stress so that we can prevent disease and live life to the fullest!
It’s important to recognize that the stress is not going to suddenly disappear. We must find a way to help our body cope with the stress so it doesn’t kill us! Here are some tips on managing stress………
2. Relax Your Muscles
3. Deep Breathing
4. Eat Well
5. Slow Down
6. Take a Break
7. Make Time for Hobbies
8. Talk About Your Problems
9. Go Easy On Yourself
10. Eliminate Your Triggers
It’s much easier said than done! Honestly, I struggle to even write about stress here because it is such a big struggle. But I’m tired of stress ruling my life and I know that I have to manage this stress. And no, it is not as easy as simply following the list above, right?!? But I’m learning to listen to my body and be aware and that’s a great first step. Also, identifying some triggers and changing my expectations can make a big difference as well. And on this journey, I’m learning that it’s okay to slow down, take a break and relax a little. I’m trying to let go of the ridiculous performance standards in my head and leave some time for self care. I have seen the importance of exercise for stress relief in addition to the value of sleep. Bottom line, I’m learning. I’m a work in progress! Do you too feel stressed out and overwhelmed? We are in this together! No one has it all figured out. Remember you are not on this wellness journey alone!! I am here to help you and encourage you!!