Stress is a common part of life, but chronic stress is not normal and leads to negative health effects.
Chronic stress keeps the body in "fight or flight" mode, causing muscle soreness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, immune system issues, appetite changes, and brain fog.
To help prevent this, here are some helpful tips to alleviate stress:
Meditation & deep breathing: Slowing down your breath and practicing mindfulness stimulates the calming branch of your nervous system.
Movement: Pick an activity such as yoga, pilates, walking, running or strength training and try to participate a few times each week. Movement can help regulate “feel good" hormones and endorphins!
Social Connection: Make sure you are taking time to connect with loves ones, whether it is a phone call to a family member or going out with friends.
Prioritize Sleep: Sleeping allows our system to rest and reset. If we are not getting adequate sleep, it is hard for our nervous system to regulate hormones.
In the busy world we live in, slowing down and taking a bit of time each day is important for our health and wellbeing!