3 Proven Stress Management Strategies:
#1: Wean off the caffeine
This is a short term solution, that dehydrates you, decreases sleep quality, restricts blood flow to the brain, and has been linked to that dreaded muffin top
Solution: Try cutting your intake in half, then to 1/2 a cup or replace your jo’ with Matcha Green Tea. At least your getting the benefits of the green tea. Try the DoMatcha brand.
#2: Try yoga- Or just Breathe
The majority of us don’t breathe enough throughout the day. This leads to sleepiness, lack of energy and poor circulation.
Solution: Yoga has been shown to raise your serotonin, the happy brain chemical responsible for mood, sleep and appetite. Try our Vinyasa flow class on Sundays at 9:30am or Restorative yoga on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. Can’t make it to yoga? Try these breathing exercises: Take a nice deep inhale, then exhale audibly through an open mouth. Or the 4:7:8 technique, Breathe in for 4 counts, hold your breath for 7 counts, and exhale through the mouth for 8 counts. Repeat 4-8 times.
#3: Take stress-relieving supplements
There are a number of supplements proven to regulate cortisol. Try these in addition to the other techniques.
Solution: Fish oil (Omega-3) 1,000-4,000 mg/day, Phosphatidylserine (PS): 400-800 mg/day, and Rhodiola: 200 mg once or twice a day
As I mentioned earlier, there’s no magic answer. Pick a technique or multiple to include in your daily routine, keep a journal to track how you feel, sleep, and energy levels. Commit to it for 2-3 week and then reassess, do you feel better, sleep better?? Remember it will take time and the change may not be HUGE at first, but as long as it’s a positive change keep working in that direction. If you’re not moving forward, then you’re either stagnant or regressing. Let’s move forward and feel better!
Want to learn more?? Check out:
Dr. Sara Gottfried – The Hormone Reset Diet Book
The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson