Reducing Stress, Part 1: Susie’s Simple Tips To Stress Less
Getting Calmer Can Reverse Ageing, Make you Lose Weight and Make You Smarter. Yes, it really can!
Stress is toxic, makes you old, fat, increases the size of your waistline and makes you tired and mentally slow. It also kills your libido, stops you sleeping, makes your irritable and increases your blood pressure. It’s linked to just about every serious illness, from heart disease to cancer. Stress releases cortisol, which increases blood sugar. This is fine when we need a sugar rush to flee from a potential danger. Once the danger is over, our cortisol levels drop and all returns to normal. Most of us don’t face real danger on a daily basis, but we do worry about bills, bad dates, deadlines, work and our appearance.
Stress contributes to making us fat around the middle and makes many of us indulge in comfort eating. Studies show that it primes the brain to want high fat, high calorie foods. Stress also prematurely ages you at a deep, cellular level. High cortisol levels even cause our skin to produce less hyaluronic acid, the skin’s natural moisturizer, so that means more wrinkles and dull looking skin. Yikes!
Okay, so we know stress is down right bad for us, but we are too busy right now, too overwhelmed to stop and do something about it, right? Wrong. It’s not as hard as you think.
Here are some simple steps to help you take control of stress that are easy to adapt to your busy lifestyle. And yes, you do have the time to try them!
- Smile, yes just a simple smile. It’s almost impossible to smile and worry at the same time. Go on try it!
- Change what you realistically can; learn to cope with what you can’t.
- Eat well. Eat more green vegetables and oily fish. Cut out sugar, salt and processed foods. If it comes in a crinkly bag, it’s probably not good for you.
- Exercise most days. Ideally try yoga, pilates, walking, and, oh yes, more sex, (that counts as exercise as well) and is a wonderful way to de-stress.
- Take up meditation of some kind, and remember to take the time to breathe!
- Turn off the iPad, iPhone, computer at least one hour before bedtime. Read a book; have a comforting herbal tea or sex to ease yourself into a better night’s sleep.