We’ve all heard the expression “You are what you eat” but do we really every think about the real effects eating the right or wrong foods have on our bodies? What you put into your body can either make you feel energetic, positive and glowing with health or burned out, jittery and stressed. A balanced diet with a good mix of proteins, plenty of vegetables and whole foods can actually reduce your stress levels increase energy levels and help you look and feel great!
Lighten your load
Years ago when all the new labour saving devices like washing machines, hoovers, and computers were invented scientists proclaimed that all these wonderful things would free us from the drudgery of repetitive time consuming tasks and thus free us to enjoy more leisure time with our friends family or simply with ourselves. Clearly that hasn’t happened with people nowadays working longer hours and constantly being bombarded with “urgent requests” via e-mail, mobile telephone, and PC
Prioritise your commitments -Can you block out more free time in your schedule just to relax without constantly having to be “doing” something all the time?
Learn to say no –
You don’t have to agree to everything you are asked.If you are asked to work late constantly,or to go to a social event you really don’t feel like attending just politely decline -you do not have to provide a reason for your decision!.
Get Help –
Are there things you could get help with or outsource completely to someone else? You might think getting someone to do your ironing or clean your house once a week is an extravagance but the initial cost is easily outweighed by the benefits you will get from having more time to do the things you want to do.
It doesn’t have to be a gruelling session pumping iron at the gym or a 10k run. The key is little and often, a half hour walk each day or turning on your favourite dance tracks and having a boogie round your living room will really lift your energy levels, clear the cobwebs and reduce stress levels leaving you feeling like you can cope with whatever the day throws at you!
Not getting enough sleep can really have a huge negative impact on your stress levels. If you find it hard to sleep at night try listening to restful music or a meditation cd and stay away from caffeine and alcohol in the few hours before you plan you go to sleep. You could also try taking a power nap during the day.
I’ m sure you’ve heard the old adage that “laughter is the best medicine” but there is actually a great deal of truth to this. Laughter has many positive health benefits some of which will surprise you for example did you know it can boost your immune system? Yes it’s true!
Laughter causes stress hormones to decrease whilst increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies all of which improves your resistance to disease.
Another amazing effect of laughter on the body is that it releases endorphins which are the body’s feel good chemicals. This causes a general feeling of wellbeing and can even temporarily alleviate pain.
Laughter relaxes the body relieving tension and stress and even your muscles for up to 45 minutes afterward
Laughter is also great for your heart – During a study at the University of Maryland volunteers were shown humorous films and noticed that laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, to dilate resulting in increased blood flow which can help protect you against heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.
When the same group of study volunteers was shown a movie that made them feel mentally stressed, their blood vessel lining developed a potentially unhealthy response called vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow.
So next time you think you don’t have time to relax and have fun just remember that embracing your silly side can have serious benefits to your wellbeing