Stress can definitely take its toll on our bodies in many ways – physically, emotionally and mentally.
Did you know that stress is one of the greatest causes of improper gut function?! It’s true that the mind and the gut are connected.
Our brains react to certain gut bacteria and the connection between the brain and the gut (the enteric nerves) is what is responsible for the production of serotonin and dopamine. These responses are the calming and excited responses we feel to life’s circumstances. When our gut bacteria is off, the interaction between the gut and brain nerves are interfered with, which directly impacts hormone production, vitamin absorption and nutrient deficiency. There’s a constant feedback loop happening between our gut and our brain and when something is off, the other is consistently impacted.
Good news! There are ways to prevent and manage stress in ways that still allow us to march on with our normal, daily tasks. If you wonder why, during times of stress, you may experience stomach pain, loss of appetite, inability to digest, restless sleep, etc. . . . it’s because there is truth that your stress is directly impacting your body’s ability to function at its core cellular level.
Here are 22 ways to take care of YOU
Make it a point to do something you love every day, no matter how small.
1. Get enough sleep
2. Take the time to prioritize your day each morning (what are the top 2 -3 things you want to get done today?).
3. Remember to schedule tasks/appointments, events as evenly as possible throughout the week.
4. Reduce time on the computer and TV
5. Take a deep breath
6. Eat slower
7. Connect with family and friends
8. Take a vacations (or ‘staycation’)
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
10. Make time for yourself – enjoy a hobby or activity
11. Read a book or watch a movie
13. Speak to yourself more kindly
14. Listen to music
16. Remember your goals and aspirations
17. Enjoy a hot bath
18. Meditate, pray and/or do yoga
19. Get a massage or facial
20. Go on a walk
22. Keep a journal