Finding ways to deal with stress naturally and how diet can help you control your stress levels
We all suffer from different levels of stress and find ways to deal with it. Most times we deal with our stress incorrectly, like eating a whole lot of junk food as we feel that we need to feed the body something fatty in order to feel better. Or we will go out on a shopping splurge that will cost us our groceries for the next month but in order to feel good, our minds tell us that we must look good; or by buying the latest gadgets it will make all the stress disappear. Sorry, it won’t! In fact you will land up feeling worse and even more stressed because not only have you put on weight, but you have no money left in your bank account! A healthy diet and a different lifestyle approach will help you cope with any form of stress.
Ways to deal with stress naturally
The mind and the body work hand in hand. Any form of recovery goes a lot smoother if your mind is in the right place.
- Change your perception to stress: You are either the kind of person who can deal with stress in a controlled manner or the type of person who goes absolutely hysterical. No one deals with stress the same way. Your reaction to stress is already negatively impacted on the brain, so before you stress out about a situation, stop; breathe and ask yourself if you can deal with this in a better way?
- Breathe: Breathing slowly from the belly activates the “rest & digest” nervous system which calms the body. Concentrate on your breathing only, not everything that needs to be done. Doing this for a couple of minutes will help to reduce stress within your body and mind.
- Spend time outdoors: Simply going outside and taking a slow stroll amongst the trees makes a monumental difference to the soul. Nature has a soothing affect and nothing is better for the body than Vitamin D!
- Rest: Sleep is vitally important but most of us do not sleep the required 8 hours that we need. The best rest is an undisturbed one so try not to work on your computer or watch TV before sleeping as this could affect your rest.
- Meditation: Spend at least ten minutes a day meditating. Doing this will help you calm your mind and nervous system from the stress of the day. The ideal time to do this is just before bed time as your body is already starting to go into relax mode or early in the morning.
- Exercise: Intense work outs may have a negative effect on your body. Interval and strength training is more beneficial to achieving results and it boosts the metabolism. It also is a better management of stress.
How will diet benefit stress levels?
Junk food, although enjoyed, can be a huge stress factor on the body. If anything, choose a diet that contains high-protein, healthy fats and low starch carbohydrates. Add a lot of leafy greens to your meal as well and reduce your sugar and refined carbohydrate intake. Healthy fats that are good for you can be obtained through grass-fed meats, eggs, nuts, avocado, coconuts and seafood. These fats are necessary for repairing and supporting our hormonal systems and supports our stress responses. Supplements are also recommended as long as they are high in omega 3 fatty acids. A high protein diet automatically gives you more energy and with more energy you feel better and you will find that you are able to cope better. Whatever you do, do not pig out on junk food when you are feeling stressed – go for a walk or exercise.
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