But you may not know, it can also have an effect on your health goals, like loosing weight, your digestive function, moods, hormones, sleep, productivity at work and the list goes on and on and on!
The stress response is an evolutionary strategy to cope with immediate dangers. Out body gears up our hormones to adapt – adrenalin, cortisol and noradrenalin. But these guys have a flow on effect with many other hormones, which ultimately changes the way we end up ‘surviving’.
Stress impacts our digestion by reducing our digestive secretions leading to bloating, reflux and wind.
It plays havoc with our blood sugar control, so makes us crave those bikkies with our morning tea or finds us raiding the fizzy drink machine after lunch. It also plays a big role in our L-I-B-I-D-O. It can upset menstrual cycles, affect our fertility and generally just make us intolerable to live around. For some, it shows in their skin, with regular breakouts.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Some simple techniques that everyone can afford, starts with routine. And this doesn’t matter if your a travelling salesperson, a shift worker or a busy mum. We all work better with routines.
The next technique is DAILY EXERCISE.
The old mantra of exercising 3 x a week is simply not enough. But, Im not talking heavy gym sessions or long runs. A daily walk is all that is needed. And walking is the best way to chop cortisol to pieces and stabilise blood sugar levels, making the rest of the day much more manageable.
There are several nutrients that help calm an overactive stress response.
For example Magnesium plays a role on the neurotransmitters in the brain. Magnesium also helps with energy. B vitamins work as a team with Magnesium to support energy.
A class of herbs, known as Adaptogens, are also helpful for improving mental capacity – herbs such as Withania, Rehmannia and Rhodiola. Or perhaps Passionflower, Zizyphus and Magnolia might be needed for mild sedative properties.
And last, but certainly not least, is food.
Focusing on whole foods, avoiding packaged ‘crap’ and sugary based items. Whole foods nourish our bodies. SIMPLE, HONEST, WHOLE FOODS!
Whole food is always a go-to, when looking to improve health and among stress. Simple, easy, inviting and fresh. Get into it!
Scone Inspire Health run programs in-house that are specific for stress management.
In many cases, I see clients in collaboration with their GP. I find this is often the best approach when working with long standing mental health issues.
Maybe its time to get your stress sorted? Give us a call.
Yours in health and happiness, Karen