EFFECTIVE WAYS TO DESTRESS
When we enter a Spa, we often feel immediate relaxation. All tension slides away and we begin to notice our breathing again. Time slows down and the process of unwinding starts. Stress happens to everyone. There’s no escaping it. A good amount of stress can even be beneficial. Chronic stress however, can result in inflammation, a compromised immune and digestive system and may even result in insomnia and anxiety.
There are a number of things we can do to combat stress. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best supplements to combat stress, the most effective exercises and breathing techniques to regulate our nervous system and the right foods to include in a mood-friendly diet.
We explain the diaphragmatic ‘belly breathing’ technique below.
Physical activity releases endorphins in the body. These substances improve mood, sleep, digestion and overall self-esteem. Studies show a direct relationship between stress and physical activity.
Weekly 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or a combination of both is the minimum advised. Even a brisk walk can count.
Studies show that physical inactivity can contribute to an increased risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancer, cardiovascular problems and poorer body satisfaction and self-esteem. In contrast, even an average amount of daily exercise can help prevent and improve overall physical and mental well-being, including stress levels.
Yoga is also a great way to reduce anxiety and to be grounded and present in the moment. Half an hour on your mat and you’ll feel a million times better. Yoga helps regulate the nervous system, curb cortisol production and balance hormones, making it particularly helpful if you suffer from stress at certain times in your cycle.
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Breathing is a direct way to consciously calm the central nervous system. Breathing can increase productivity and focus, has a direct impact on mood and brings you back to the here and now quickly. There are an awful lot of breathing techniques, choose the one that resonates with you.
We explain the diaphragmatic ‘belly breathing’ technique. This technique is widely used for relieving stress and reducing cortisol levels. Diaphragmatic breathing is a very simple and relatively risk-free way to start if you are new to breathwork.
Blue zones are regions where residents live to over 90, in relatively good health. A lot of research has been and is being done on the lifestyle maintained there. One of the markers contributing to this is a family and social life. Humans are social animals and any positive interaction contributes to better health. Positivity, doing nothing and investing in social interactions are good for our mental resilience, health and contribute to a happy long life.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself!