I notice that my stress levels and anxiety creep up on me without even realizing it. I tend to hold on to tension. And eliminating stress is key to optimal health!
Looking at pictures from my St. John trip like this is relaxing
This past week I had been trying to focus on my level of stress and anxiety and notice things that help to reduce or increase it. Here is what I have found:
- Morning exercise is key. However, I hate to exercise in the morning–I am an evening exercise gal. But, I felt so carefree after moving in the am.
- Duration and intensity of exercise: it helps when I push myself or when the activity lasts about an hour (As always, consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program or nutrition program).
- Avoid some multivitamins like this one I got from Whole Foods. There is some type of ingredient in here that increases my anxiety and I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Too many ingredients! Ah!
- Instead, I will supplement with a calcium with D occasionally, nutritional yeast (contains B vitamins), vitamin C occasionally, fish oil, and some brown rice protein powder at breakfast or at snacks. I mostly rely on eating a balanced diet with plenty of whole foods to make sure I get what I need that way.
- Not eating 2 1/2- 3 hours before bedtime. When I do eat something close to bedtime that is higher in sugars or carbohydrates, I have intense dreams. This is due to the brain using glucose and becoming more active overnight.
- Yoga (or pilates) 1x per week. This is goal and hasn’t been happening lately, whoops!
- Reading before bedtime as a way to calm the mind.
- Avoid negative people in life. Stay away from those who bring you down, and be with those who bring you up. My Dad has always told me this
- Breathing exercises when I feel stressed, reading inspirational calming quotes, or just having a small 5 oz. portion of red wine!
Here is a whole list of things I found on Pinterest. Not sure of the source.
Enjoy the week, and I hope this is a reminder to help focus on stressing less. And since it is Valentine’s Day–1 oz. of dark chocolate has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety over a 2 week period! Eat up 😉
Up later this week… nutritional yeast, trying out different protein powders, and make at home curry!