Stress Hacks

By Tracy Gowler 6 years ago
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Still more to share on stress.  Stress Hacks actually  Who knew I could have so much to talk about but it is really is a bigger issue than most people every expect.  We aren’t just completely stressed in one day.  We can handle that.  It is more about the level of stress on a continuous basis.  That is when we burn in that stress response and get stuck there.

It is important, critical actually, to get a handle on the levels of stress in our lives. 

You can’t eliminate it completely, but you can work to reduce the amount of stress and to limit the effects.  Once you are burned in and struck in that stress response, it is going to take some effort to stop it.

Let’s dive into some options for working on stress management.

Diaphrapgmatic Breathing – Many of us breathe stress in because we have forgotten how to breathe properly.  Hence the reason I do like the Heart Math product.  It does work to teach you how to breathe.  Learning how to breathe deep into your stomach with long, slow, deep breaths several times per day will help to lower the stress in your life.

Meditation – One of the best but hard for people with busy minds.  I have tried and tried again to incorporate it into my daily schedule but I have a tough time getting the family to respect the time and to actually quiet my mind down.  However, it isn’t really about quieting the mind so much as it is providing a focus and not working so hard at it.  When you realize you are drifting, you just gently guide your mind back to your focus and continue.  Focusing on your breath can work or using a mantra that speaks to you that you gently repeat outloud or in your mind.  deStressifying by David Ji is a great book if you are interested in trying to meditate.

Yoga – There are many types of yoga.  Some more vigorous and physically challenging than others but a good yoga session can lower your blood pressure, slow your breathing and your heart rate.  Extremely beneficial while loosening up all of those joints and muscles.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation – A simple technique that requires tensing and relaxing specific groups of muscles in a systematic way to break the cycle of stress.

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique ( tapping) is a form of acupressure that works by stimulating meridian points with your finger tips.  Apparently, one session can lower cortisol levels by up to 50%.

Aromatherapy – Healing and relaxing.  Lots of oils that can help with stress relief but lavender is amazing.  Can use a few dabs on your wrists or diffuse it in the air.

Time for yourself – Doing things you like to do besides the tv.  Reading, creative projects, music, etc.

Nature – Duh, haha.  It has the power to lower cortisol, blood pressure, and pulse rate.  And its free.

Gratitude – Being grateful keeps us positive.  Taking the time to recognize the better parts of the day and not the negative allows us to escape the drama trap of negativity that keeps us in that stressful place.

These are some great options to explore for yourselves.  To see what one or two or more might work for you.

The idea would be to schedule your stress management times into your weekly schedule and respect those times. 

They are just as important as everything else we have talked about from lifestyle improvement perspective.  I would argue, maybe more important because we cannot control the stresses around us, we can only control our response to them.  And because stress plays such a huge role in Hashimoto’s and other chronic illnesses, we have to find what works to keep ourselves in the healthy place we want to be.

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