The holidays are over… whew! It’s time to relax and get back into your groove.
Or at least it should be…
Are you still feeling the stress? Do you feel like the holidays got the best of you and zapped your energy?
You’re definitely not alone. The holidays are the most stressful time of the year for so many people! Late nights, overindulging, more cocktails than our bodies are used to, traveling, maybe too much time with family… all of this leads to STRESS in your body! It’s no wonder you’re feeling groggy, out of it and low energy now. I thought this was a perfect time to share some tips to help you find relief from stress and start feeling like yourself again - no matter what time of the year you might be reading this!
If you joined me for my webinar last month, then you know how important I feel it is to really know how to manage stress in your life - because it is inevitable. This is especially important for you, a woman who wants to feel confident and happy with her body!
Stress is inevitable. But that doesn’t mean we have no control over
the way we respond to it!
I think in general we are collectively starting to really grasp the true impact chronic stress has on our bodies and minds (and souls!), but there are still SO many women (and men, too) who still think that stress is just something to endure and is impossible to deal with. There are people who know stress is so harmful but choose to ignore this fact and think, “yeah, but nothing bad will happen to me… I’m not THAT stressed out.”
I was totally guilty of thinking that way! The truth is, I was so overly stressed out that it just felt normal for me. I couldn’t even realize or understand when I was feeling stressed out! It was like I was completely numb to it. And to be completely honest, I still feel this way sometimes.
It's important to note that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. It can motivate us to get things done through heightened self-awareness, improve our cognitive function and increase immunity in the short term. The issues arise when stress is always there and it becomes your normal way of being. I know how that feels like... that’s why I’m so passionate about helping my clients get to the root of their stress and find ways to manage it that work for them.
I’ve experimented and found the best ways of dealing with stress that actually work for me, and I want to share them with you. Below are some of my favorite ways to stop stress in its tracks and keep it under control.
You probably hear this all the time, but it is the quickest and simplest way to immediately feel less stress. When you notice thoughts or body patterns that indicate you’re stressed out, STOP what you’re doing. Close your eyes, put your hands on your belly do four 4,7,8 breaths. Breathe in for 4 counts, hold it for 7 counts, and release for 8 counts. Do that 4 times and feel your body and mind slow down.
If you didn't know this already, 7-8 hours of sleep is non-negotiable. Every single night! Getting less than 7 hours of sleep messes with your hormones, and makes it so much harder to respond to situations the way you want to. When you don’t get enough sleep, your sugar cravings increase, inflammation levels rise, your body stores more fat, your blood sugar levels go up and you feel like crap! If you have a hard time sleeping, I have a few recommendations.
1. Create a nighttime routine. Our bodies love routine, and doing the same, relaxing things each night can help signal to our brains and bodies that it’s time for sleep.