Natural Alternatives To Relieve Stress
Good morning and happy long-weekend Friday!
Stress. We all have it right. How we handle it can make all the difference in our health and how we feel. Lately, I’ve had a
little lot more stress in my life than usual and my body is telling me so.
Headaches + Low Energy + Neck Tension = I’m Stressed
I haven’t handled the stress very well but that is going to STOP. My number one go-to for stress relief is running. So the question becomes what can I do to relieve stress when I can’t run? How do I prevent the headaches and muscle tension? I’ve been searching for natural alternatives for stress relief. I know one thing I have found to be the most helpful is to stay as active as possible (without risk of delaying recovery) which has been strength training upper body and yoga. My other option, worded best Hippocrates,
“Let food be thy medicine.”
Our diet can help relieve stress. Whether it’s a comfort food that boosts levels of serotonin or foods that cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline (aka stress hormones) what we eat can play a big part in reducing stress and the affects it has on our body. I’m not saying eat a bag of Oreos or grab your favorite ice cream. Instead, focus on healthy foods knowing that eating anything and everything without regard to what I’m eating doesn’t help and, in my experience, can make the stress worse.
Foods for Stress Relief
- decaffeinated tea
- raw veggies
- fatty fish
Have you ever noticed how often salmon, almonds and spinach are on a variety of “healthy” food lists?
I am not an expert on stress and nutrition. The information I have shared is from research and my personal experience.
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