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3 steps to manage holiday stress!

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Stress is inevitable around the holiday season so management is your best option.

Stress is linked to – lowered immune function, high cortisol, weight gain, bowel flora disruption, irritable bowel syndrome – the list goes on.

I’m sure you have heard this all before so I’ll keep it brief and to the point.

Management techniques only work if you ACTUALLY use them.

So rather then going into great detail I’ll save if for a later post, or a patient visit (if you are already a patient), you know I like to talk about stress.

Three MUST do stress management techniques are:

  • Get a good sleep Your body systems are working double time during the night to make up for the stress you are putting on body during the waking hours – think (cookies, alcohol, large meals ect.).  
    • Ideally you will go to bed by 10pm and sleep for 7-8 hours, try keeping the lights low after 6pm to allow for your bodies normal melatonin production to start.
  • Drink lots of water Your made up of approximately 60% water and all your bodies cells need it for everyday functions.\
    • Fix yourself a nice cup of water with lemon and drink it throughout the day.
  • Change your breathing pattern That’s right I said change your breathing pattern, because chances are you are doing it wrong. When under stress we often often only breath into the upper portions of our lungs, and we need to change that so allow for optimal oxygen delivery to cells.
    • Try this quick breathing exercise that focuses on lengthening your exhalation
      • Breathe deep into the belly for the count of 4
      • Hold the breath in for the count of 7
      • Exhale slowly for the count of 8

 

 

 

 

 

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