Life can be fast-paced and hectic. Attempting to create a positive work-life balance is challenging at the best of times and stress can manage to creep in. Increased stress leads to increased cortisol levels in our bodies, which can result in subsequent unwanted health issues.
Removing the factors that create stress is nearly impossible. However, knowing how to manage, minimise or prevent follow on effects of stress is important.
Effects of High Cortisol:
Rapid weight gain, mainly in the face, chest and abdomen
High blood pressure
Reduced bone density
Skin changes (bruises and stretch marks)
Mood swings, anxiety, depression or irritability
Blood sugar imbalances, resulting in increased thirst and frequency of urination
Lowered immune system
Increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain
Ways to Manage Stress:
The best way to manage stress will differ from person to person. Some strategies include:
Sleep - 6-8 hours of good quality sleep
Relaxation / meditation / breathing exercises
Exercise - create a sustainable exercise routine of at least 30 minutes x 5 days / week
Massage - make time to address any muscle imbalances by having regular massages - stress can lead to postural changes and muscle overuse, which can result in headaches and other symptoms that further enhance stress levels
Therapy - addressing psychological and emotional issues
Food: - whole plant foods - low glycaemic diet - reduce trans and saturated fats - drink alcohol in moderation or not at all - drink caffeine in moderation - avoid snacks high in sugar - drink 1.5-2L of water each day
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