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Managing Stress

The stress response is the body’s natural way of protecting you from danger. In small doses, stress helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. The problem with modern living is that it places so many demands, deadlines, hassles and frustrations in our day to day lives that our stress response often runs on overdrive.

The nervous system and immune system are jeopardized when the body is constantly running in emergency mode. Signs and symptoms of stress include; poor memory, poor concentration, anxious thought, negative thinking, moodiness, decreased libido, loss of appetite and other digestive upsets.

Managing stress is vital for good health. When stress levels are lowered, overall health and wellbeing is improved. If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects.

1. Even if you don’t meditate, you can practice one of meditation’s most valuable lessons: do only what you are doing, be only where you are.

2. Keep downtime sacred and don’t feel guilty about it.

3. Take a break to eat your meals. STOP and EAT. Don’t eat on the run, or in front of your computer.

4. Be sure to avoid exercising too close to bedtime. It can be too stimulating and interfere with your sleep. Exercise is best done in the morning and is a great way to let off steam!

5. Warm milk is a natural tranquilizer and calcium helps you relax. Try a glass at night before you go to bed with some cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric & raw sugar. Great for the nervous system.

6. Take 10 deep & slow breaths throughout the day. Slowing down your breathing releases endorphins & increases the metabolism.

7. Keep some time free to do the things you love, like spending quality time with family and loved ones.

8. Take five minutes at your desk to stretch your neck & shoulders.

9. Stop and think about what is really important to you – then do it!

10. Remember: You are in control of the way you spend your time.