On a scale of 1 - 10, how stressed do you think you are?
Most of us are stressed more than we might consciously realize. Internalizing it doesn't mean the effects change for your body. And stress is so closely intertwined with our overall health.
Acute Stress, or stress for a short amount of time, can have healthy benefits for the body (think what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger 💪) BUT chronic stress, or being stressed all the freaking time, can have detrimental impacts on your health. The body isn't meant to be in a state of Fight or Flight for extended periods of time.
For one, it can make you feel like sh!t but it can also compromise functions in your body, depleting minerals in the body, signaling stress hormones to be on all the time, and putting what the body deems as non-essential processes (what you don’t need to survive in this immediate moment) on hold.
Even when you aren’t conscious of it, the body can be in a state of stress that impacts your metabolic rate, mineral levels, hormones disruption, sleep quality, digestion and so much more!
The hard truth: The likelihood of being able to remove all of your stressors is pretty slim. The silver lining: You can help yourself manage your stress through a variety of different techniques and practices to minimize the perceived stress. Some of my favorite ways are:
Deep breathing & meditation
Exercise (but being mindful about excess as this can be more harmful when it a state of stress)
Eating a minimally processed, balanced diet
Listening to my favorite music
Aromatherapy (lavender can be helpful for stress!)
Supplementing to support minerals (like magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc)
You can reduce the impacts of stress & increase the healing for your body by boosting your diet and supplementation of minerals and incorporating practices to help you manage your stressors!
If you were to pick one of these practices to add in, which one would you start with?