While exercise has obvious physical benefits, it also has amazing mental benefits. Exercise helps decrease tension, elevate mood, improve sleep, and boost self-esteem. Take a yoga class, go on run, or simply take the stairs instead of the elevator. Just five minutes of movement has been shown to have stress-reducing effects. Additionally, exercise has been show to increase emotional resilience, which is the way you handle stress.
The connection between the gut and brain is one of the most powerful in the body. The two are in constant communication with one another, which means anything your brain is feeling affects the way your gut feels too, and vice versa. One of the best ways to lower stress is through a whole food, nutrient-dense diet. By feeding your gut foods full of antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats and proteins, you are also allowing your brain to feel less stress. Simultaneously, by taking deep breaths before you eat or expressing gratitude for your meal you activate the parasympathetic nervous system which calms your brain and in turn allows you to digest your food better. It's a two way street that makes a meaningful impact on your health.
We do it every day, but we often forget about the power of deep breathing. By slowing your heart rate and dropping your blood pressure, deep breathing lowers stress. Additionally, regular meditation has an effect on the way you respond to stress. When you're stressed, your body releases the hormone, cortisol. Meditation lowers the levels of cortisol and inflammation in the body, thus reducing the stress. Other ways to practice mindfulness include journaling, expressing gratitude and practicing self-care.
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