Do You Walk Enough? Start Walking For Stress Relief!

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Today I want to talk about how walking is perfect for relieving stress. How often do you walk?

Walking is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Exercise in general is effective for stress reduction, but walking is accessible to anybody and doesn’t require special equipment or knowledge. Research has shown that people who walk enjoy lower stress levels than those who choose more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running or strength training. Here are some reasons why walking is superior when your goal is stress relief.

Lets You Slow Down

In a world where rushing has become the norm, walking can be a refreshing chance to slow down and appreciate your surroundings. Cycling and running require passing things by at a faster rate of speed that doesn’t allow for low-key observation. With regular walks, you’ll probably find yourself enjoying a more relaxed perspective on the world around you.

Enhances Your Mind-Body Connection

Stress can keep you locked away inside your head, causing you to lose track of what’s important and healthy for your body. Walking can remedy this by engaging you with your movements for awhile. If you focus on your senses during a walk, you can deepen this benefit. For example, concentrate on your breathing, the sounds around you and the feeling of your feet on the ground.

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Improves Your Sleep

Poor sleep is a common cause of stress, and exercise is one of the best medicines for insomnia and poor sleep quality. Significant improvements for sleep will come with at least 30 minutes of walking daily. Ayurvedic medicine recommends going for a walk before bedtime; if you decide to try this, choose a relaxed pace and savor the fresh air.

Gives an Escape from a Stressful Situation

Sometimes a short escape is all you need to reduce your stress. By going for a walk, you can take a break from a tense situation and have some time to collect your thoughts. It’s often best to walk alone at times like these, but if you’ve been stewing by yourself, try going for a stroll with a friend for a positive social occasion. As an alternative to driving, walking can be a great way to take more time on your trek to the store. As exercise, walking gives you more time away than running or cycling a similar distance.

Walking is a gentle, versatile way to lower your stress levels. Recent studies have also shown that it carries as much health benefit as more strenuous forms of exercise, such as running. Whether you enjoy walking alone or with friends, in the morning, at night or on your lunch break, you can easily reduce your stress anywhere there’s room to walk.

If you’re not used to actively walking or you’re not convinced of the amazing benefits that walking will have on your stress levels and the ways in which it can change your life, I want you to check out my Kindle book all about the amazing ways that walking can help your stress levels plummet!

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To your stress relief success!

What Does Nutrition and Stress Management have in Common?

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Today, I wanted to talk to you about a more general topic that’s helpful for 365 days of the year. It’s also a topic that many people don’t often associate with stress relief. And that topic is nutrition! Does nutrition and stress management have anything in common?  Read on to find out!

Life is challenging. As bad as it sounds, stress is a normal aspect of life. Some people experience more of it, and some people experience less of it. The bottom line is that we all have stress that is created by a number of different factors.

For many women, especially busy mothers, the combination of work and taking care of the kids can put immense stress on both the mind and body. Eating is a common way to cope with the stress, but this usually causes more harm than good for the majority of us. If you are exhausted from worrying about everything, here are some ways to eat and drink yourself back to a stress-resilient life.

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1. Break your fast

Stressing out causes people to do a lot of strange things. While most people tend to find comfort by indulging in their favorite meals and desserts, others simply skip eating altogether. Loss of appetite is a typical side-effect of stress, but it’s a very unhealthy habit because you can begin to miss out on a lot of energy and nutrition. The easiest meal to skip is breakfast since that’s when most people are rushing off to work. Add in the loss of appetite and there’s no chance for it. Unfortunately, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the energy to get through your day. It is crucial for women who need the fuel to do strenuous jobs and care for the kids.

2.  Prepare your own meals

Stress and anxiety can bring you to engorge yourself with heart-clogging baked goods, fatty meats, fried delicacies, and more. Fast food joints and all-you-can-eat buffets are frequented by plenty of stressed out individuals. You might feel good while scoffing down all those unhealthy goodies, but you’ll probably feel horrible the minute you finish. Packing your body full of junk makes you feel heavy, tired, and sluggish–the opposite of how you want to feel if you have a lot to take care of. When you prep your own meals, you get to choose exactly what to include and what not to include. Avoid restaurant food, frozen dinners, sweets, and other processed foods since they contain tons of fat, sodium, sugar, and other unnecessary chemicals. Keeping your diet high in vitamins and minerals is key to having energy and feeling good, so strive to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

3. Get energy from tea

Many people stress out because they run out of gas before they can finish all of their work. Most resort to unhealthy beverages like coffee and energy drinks to keep them going. Instead of putting all that sugar and those chemicals into your system, drink tea to get your caffeine fix. Most teas, especially green teas, are very beneficial for the body. They can boost energy, fight cancer, increase metabolism, and aid in burning fat.

4. Drink sparkling juice instead of wine

When people stress out and get depressed, they can resort to alcohol consumption to forget about their troubles. Instead of grabbing a six-pack or bottle of wine, drink sparkling wine so you don’t get intoxicated. Getting drunk can cause you to behave irrationally and violently, and you could end up hurting yourself or other individuals.

If you want to know more about how nutrition can greatly impact your stress levels, I want you to check out my Kindle book all about NUTRITION FOR STRESS RELIEF.

In it is EVERYTHING that you need to know to see how changes to your nutrition habits will greatly reduce your stress levels. And some of the ideas may be very surprising!

To your stress relief success!