Stress Reset

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More often than not stressed people suffer from stress because they cannot eradicate the source of the stress that they are experiencing. As a result they change nothing OR they implement maladaptive coping mechanisms such as smoking, drinking alcohol, exercising excessively just to get through it. This is perfectly understandable HOWEVER all that both scenarios serve to do is keep the nervous system activated when the opposite is necessary. In order to reset from stress (think of it as CTRL+ALT+DELETE for the human body) you need to take part in activities that actively promote parasympathetic nervous system activity. This type of activity reduces release of cortisol and adrenalin, lowers blood pressure, lowers heart rate and enables rest and recovery. How can you do this?

What You'll Need

  • Commitment to making changes

What You'll Do

  • Practise controlled breathing for a few minutes each day (for example, 4-7-8 method)
  • Get outside in nature for a slow walk for at least 10-20 minutes once a day
  • Practise being mindful. Being in the present and engaged in what you're doing stops you from worrying about the past or being anxious about the future
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol
  • Keep blood sugars stable by eating more slow releasing carbs, protein and fibre
  • Stick to a strict sleep routine (both at bedtime and when waking in the morning) this will help your body learn your cortisol requirements releasing the right amounts in the morning when you need it, and not at night when you should be going to sleep
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