Stress comes and stress goes.
How we handle it and what we do with it greatly affects our physical, mental, and spiritual health. There has been much research on what happens to our bodies under stress. Many studies confirm what I found to be true for myself: When we don’t deal with stress in a healthy way and stuff it down our bodies hold on to it until we end up having physical symptoms. That could be something like chronic illnesses, pain, even diseases like cancer, digestive diseases, fibromyalgia, etc.
So, what can you do to help love yourself in the midst of stress (a.k.a – take care of yourself)? Here’s my top 5 suggestions:
- Pray – Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. When you take time out of your day in quietness with God you will automatically turn down the stress response. Plus, God can help if you ask Him too!
- Forgive – Often when we’re stressed we want to blame others. I invite for you to offer forgiveness in a time when anger or frustration would normally come out instead.
- Take time for yourself – Maybe even just a few minutes here or there breathing, praying, or whatever to help calm the central nervous system. Fill your cup!
- Sleep and exercise – Yes, this is taking care of yourself! Getting enough sleep and exercise is super important when we’re stressed. When we’re tired and our bodies don’t get the movement they crave we are more likely to be grouchy and snap.
- Relax with family or friends – Research shows that spending time with those we love helps relieve stress. Laughter is the best medicine!
What is your go-to when you are stressed? How do you manage it?
Being as healthy as you can be takes time, perseverance, and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are 10 ideas for up-leveling your healthy:
Poop every single day
I know. I know. Poop is so terrible to talk about. But, it’s actually one of the most important things to help you stay healthy. If you’re not pooping every day then it’s fermenting and rotting in your gut. Then that ickiness gets absorbed into your blood stream. Even ickier.
Manage your stress
Stress is the number one cause of ALL dis-ease. Stress felt consistently can even alter how your genes are expressed causing sickness, disease, pain, weight gain, and sleeplessness.
Pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals put on our food sources cause our bodies to have a build up of toxins which cause tons of health issues. Choose organic whenever possible or use the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list.
Pray and meditate
Praying and meditating reduces stress. Plus, the connection to God and learning to love and trust Him during life struggles will increase your faith.
Get good sleep
Your body detoxes while you sleep. If you’re not sleeping enough you will likely wake up feeling foggy brained, irritable, and of course exhausted. The left over toxins build up over time and cause more dis-ease in the body.
Move your body
Exercise does so much for not only your physical body but your emotional well being too! Movement releases feel good endorphins that keep us happy and obviously help our muscles too!
As we age we play less and less. We get more serious. Play allows us to feel lighthearted and enjoy life more.
Invest in your relationships
Multiple researchers have found that happy, healthy people have around 3 to 5 strong relationships that are nourished often, or daily. Cultivate relationships with people most important to you.
Drink spring water
Tap water contains a number of toxic chemicals that most filters can’t remove completely. Spring water contains essential minerals and is what I recommend to my clients for safe drinking.
Detox your body and home
Getting rid of toxic chemicals and cleaning products in your home will do wonders for your health. In addition, your body stores toxins and needs detoxing every so often. Make sure you detox safely and with guidance if you’ve never done anything like that before.
These are a few ideas to up-level your healthy. Know that creating new healthy habits takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight and requires one step at a time. What questions do you have about this list? What would you add to this list?
Need ideas for implementing any or all of these tips? Email me for suggestions.