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    3 SIMPLE HEALTH TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE STRESS

    3 SIMPLE HEALTH TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE STRESS 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

    Stress, ah our favorite subject. We have all experienced it at one time or another and found our own way to deal. While we can’t always control the events that cause stress in our lives, we can change and adapt how we react and whether or not we let these stress inducing events affect our day-to-day. Here are 3 simple health tips to help you manage day-to-day stress.

    STAY ACTIVE WITH YOGA
    One of my goals for the new year is to stay active physically. Not because I want to lose weight but because I love the way I feel after a run or yoga. And rightfully so. Not only is exercise a natural remedy for stress that releases endorphins to counteract and reduce feelings of anxiety but it’s a mood and energy booster. Research shows that those who live a more sedentary lifestyle experience the more extreme side effects of stress such as mood swings, erratic blood sugar levels and irregular metabolic processes in the body. Avoid the negative and damaging effects of long-term stress by practicing yoga and exercising regularly. Routine workouts will improve the ‘mind-body awareness’ and reinforce the ‘mind-body connection’.

    OMMMM
    Prayer and meditation have taken a backseat in Western society due to the political and cultural backlash it receives but research has shown time and time again that meditation and prayer works to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs. For thousands of years, ancient civilizations used prayer and meditation to improve self-awareness and elevate levels of consciousness. The act of meditation alone requires us to engage mindfully with ourselves by:

    🙏 Becoming aware of our feelings and thoughts.
    🙏 Existing in the moment with your feelings and thoughts.
    🙏 Breathing to neutralize the mind and body.
    🙏 Remaining aware and alert of your senses.

    By mindfully engaging in prayer or meditation, you can improve mental and emotional alertness, lower the physiological effects of stress such as anxiety and reduce the chances of developing poor lifestyle habits such as substance abuse, poor eating habits that only amplify the negative side effects of stress in as little as 10 minutes a day.

    NUTRIENT RICH FOODS TRUMP STRESS
    At the end of the day it all boils down to diet and eating the right foods. Eating a variety of nutrient rich foods such as vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, amino acids and antioxidants are essential to healthy brain and body function. Below are nutrient rich, low-cost foods to stock up on at home.

    ✓ Foods high in Vitamin B

    • Cage-free eggs
    • Grass-fed beef
    • Chicken
    • Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and romaine lettuce

    ✓ High Protein Foods

    • Almonds
    • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
    • Cage-free eggs
    • Lentils
    • Whole-milk live bacteria yogurt
    • Chickpea
    • Quinoa

    ✓ Healthy Fats and Omega 3s

    • Avocado
    • Olive oil
    • Coconut oil
    • Salmon

    Use the health tips above to strengthen and enhance your ‘mind-body awareness’ and reinforce the ‘mind-body connection’ to help you manage stress.

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