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Life is beautiful. It truly is. But, it’s also busy, hectic, crazy, and chaotic.
You know how it goes, the to-do list never seems to end and you feel like you desperately need a break.
And, you do need a break! We all do!
And, so often we overlook the warning signs of our body attempting to tell us this very thing.
Our days feel like they run together. The stuff from those days compiles and compresses on our physical and metaphorical shoulders.
Yet, we often ignore that pressure gauge and keep pressing on.
You know what would happen if you ignored warning signs of your vehicle’s gauges running hot? Yeah, you’d get stranded at the side of the road.
So, how often are we surprised when we strand ourselves in a given day, not being able to perform mentally or physically at work because we refuse to take a moment, step aside, and unplug...for our health: physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Stress is a fact of life, but it’s not something to just ignore.
Oftentimes we can get so busy, so stressed, so overwhelmed, that we put off the things that actually facilitate health and work in a powerful way to alleviate the stress and burdens weighing us down.
So, maybe exercise is something on your daily list of essentials but you’ve recently made a habit of tabling it for work projects?
Or, maybe exercise isn’t something you even think about in your day to day busyness?
Either way, it’s undeniable the benefits awaiting your health and stress levels even from just a quick walk or workout session.
Exercise not only boosts your brain’s happy chemicals (endorphins), increasing your sense of well-being, but it can also reduce the effects of stress on your body by strengthening your cardiovascular, digestive, and even immune system.Incorporating exercise regularly can also...
And, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to achieve these benefits either!
Now granted, a routine gym session is a perfect way to incorporate these benefits as well, but even 10 minutes of yoga, 20 minutes spent walking or running, a quick dance session, or even 25 quick jumping jacks can help you to destress, regroup, unplug, and ease the tensions in life and work that can build up more quickly than we realize.
You’ve been at work all day then you get home only to be greeted by a laundry list of items (including laundry) that threaten even a moment of peace and rest, and all you’d like to do is lie down and have someone rub your aching feet and/or back and neck, right?
Those sentiments make for funny sketches for sitcoms for one reason: relatability!
We’ve all been there, and there’s good reason behind our body’s subconscious desire for a nice, long massage.
A massage increases localised blood flow, and this, in turn, gets “positive hormones” like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine moving, which reduces stress, aids in feelings of relaxation, and provides a sense of well-being.
And, relieving the built up tension in muscle tissue translates to both a reduction in overall stress and helps to prevent future muscle tightness.
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, didn’t you already mention exercise?
Yes, and while this also can incorporate movement, the focus here is on nature.
Spending time in nature promotes a sense of centeredness and keeps you engaged in the present.
White, of the European Center for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter states, “Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive function.”
And, an increasing number of studies have shown that time spent in nature not only provides a sense of well-being, but also contributes to a reduction in both crime and aggression, showing the distinct connection between this and mental/emotional health.
Studies have shown that spending some time in nature is not optional, but essential to our health, each and every day.
If you don’t have regular access to a park or green area, consider purchasing plants for your home or workspace, as just being near plants is associated with both lowered blood pressure and increased relaxation.
Technology can be at the root of criticism when it comes to the need to unplug and decrease stress. And, while we’ll get to that point in a moment, for now let’s look at how technology can aid in your efforts to increase health and decrease stress levels.
One piece of technology that can be a help in this regard is Hapbee.
Hapbee is a wearable device, scientifically designed to promote happiness, relaxation, and focus.
Using low-energy magnetic fields, Hapbee replicates feelings by playing signals onto your body.
So, as you use the device (check it out here: www.hapbee.com) low levels of the magnetic fields are travelling through the coils onto your body. The product is not heat based, non-invasive, and non-ionizing.
The signals used can help you to:
No one can escape feelings of stress and being overwhelmed when your docket is full and your time is limited.
And, the fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO of a large company or a housewife, you have a slew of responsibilities each and every day.
So, how do you manage a life of responsibility (aka being an adult) without letting the stresses involved become overwhelming? You plan, you prioritize, you involve organization in your day-to-day operations to ease the load of stress.
From incorporating time management strategies to even writing down simple to-do lists, making an effort to get organized can reduce stress.
With just a little bit of prioritization and organization, you can better manage your daily “plate.”
So, seek to delegate where necessary. Allow time in your day to not only complete tasks, but do a little unplugging as well.
Plan ahead to facilitate less stress, and plan to implement de stressing strategies in your day.
When you’re anxious or stressed, you tend to take shallow, quick breaths. But, when you slow your breathing, you can reduce stress and tension, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, as well as calm your mind.
Deep breathing focuses on slow, calculated breaths which send messages to your brain signaling it to calm down and relax.
Give this a try:
And, deep breathing doesn’t just work to reduce stress levels!
Stopping for a few moments throughout your day to practice deep breathing is also known to promote detoxification within the body, support healthy digestion, relieve pain, and increase energy.
One way you can change how stress affects your body is through nutrition.
So, if you’re saying, “I don’t have time to unplug!” First, I’d advise making it a priority to find some time to do so, for your health. But, simply incorporating some dietary changes can go a long way to manage stress.
This is because eating healthy doesn’t just have benefits to your physical health, but research suggests there is a strong link between digestive health and the brain.
Yep, that’s right, your gut health can directly affect your mental health.
The bacteria in your gut produce neurochemicals which your brain uses to regulate things like mood and memory.
In fact, 95% of your body’s serotonin, which is responsible for your mood and feelings of happiness and well-being, is made by the bacteria in your gut.
This is why it is crucial to fuel your body with nutrient dense, healthy foods from the categories listed below.
In the words of Elton John, “music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves…”
And, it turns out science backs up Sir Elton. Take a look here at a few science-based facts about music:
One common misconception is that only classical music could offer or promote any of the above listed benefits.
And, while I don’t disagree that classical music most certainly can fit multiple musical categories and offer any of the above rewards to your health, science shows that all genres are included in the healthy aspects of music.
So, find what you like, what works, and incorporate music (daily if you can) as a way to unplug and boost your health while decreasing stress.
Reading is another way to both relax your body physically and relieve the mental and emotional ramifications of stress as well.
In fact, one study found that reading can reduce stress levels by up to 68 percent!!
Taking a break from the chaos of your day to read lowers your heart rate and even relieves tension in your muscles. See, reading isn’t just for your mind. :)
In fact, reading is said to be more effective at reducing stress than even music, and we just saw how beneficial incorporating some tunes into your day can be!
Let’s face it, technology is part of our lives. And, we like it...it enhances so many areas of our day, even making things a bit easier on our already burdensome schedules.
But, let’s face it. We spend a lot of time in front of screens!
In fact, some studies show the average adult will spend 34 years of their lives in front of a screen.
More on the average adult (generally speaking, that’s you and me, by the way):
So, with all this time spent in front of, and incorporating the use of, technology, what could a good old fashioned break from it all mean for your health and stress levels?
Time away from technology allows your brain time to recover from constant stimulation, aiding your mental health.
Time spent hunched over a phone or computer screen can put strain on your eyes, neck, arms, and hands as well, thus necessitating a break for the sake of your physical health.
Consider putting some goals in place that help you set aside some time each day free from technology.
RecapWe’ve listed these ways to unplug for the good of your health and stress levels...but, in case you’re tempted to think, “eh, stress isn’t that big of a deal, it’s just part of life.” Or, if you’re so accustomed to just living with a shoulder full of burdens, operating under the perpetual “I’ve got this,” without realizing the need for any of the above mentioned methods of unplugging, consider the following:
By the time you notice consistent symptoms of rapid heart rate, insomnia, headaches, digestive distress, etc. chances are stress is already taking a toll on your health.
So, rather than allowing those negative effects to become normal, make incorporating the above ways to unplug and destress your norm instead.
And, what better way to get in a healthy dose of probiotics than through your daily cup of coffee?
Most of us can’t start our day without a cup (or two) of coffee.
So, while those moments of peace and quiet with your morning brew are already aiding in stress relief, you can take it a step further with our Biotics Cold Brew.
Biotics Brew uses a proprietary probiotic that only Lifeboost has!
Containing 12 different strains of probiotics, our Biotics Brew has a special acid that keeps the probiotics in an adaptable phase, making them able to withstand stomach acid, boosting bioavailability and making them more useful to your body, namely the health of your gut.
Lifeboost Biotics Brew, like all Lifeboost Coffee, is low acid, with immune boosting antioxidants.
And, as always, our coffee is
So, drink to your health and reduced stress levels, by unplugging with Lifeboost Biotics Brew.
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