I just came back from an amazing weekend at the beach. It was exactly what I needed. I still feel relaxed and it’s a Monday.
Relaxation…so so important.
Many of us run around all week from here to there, doing A, B, C through Z and don’t stop to think…or blink. We run around the hamster wheel of routine that we have created for ourselves. We get stressed out. We don’t stop to breathe. We just keep going.
When we are stressed, our bodies produce lots and lots of Cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone in the body, secreted by the adrenal glands. Although stress isn’t the only reason that cortisol is secreted into the bloodstream, it has been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body.
Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:
- Impaired cognitive performance
- Suppressed thyroid function
- Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
- Decreased bone density
- Higher blood pressure
- Decrease in muscle tissue
- Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
- Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems!
All of this from STRESS!!!!!!!!
Whenever we feel stressed, we should take time to relax.
Take a moment to take ten slow deep breaths.
Take a long warm bath or shower
Exercise! Whether it be a normal gym routine, running, yoga, cycling, etc…physical activity is a great way to release stress.
Lie down and listen to your favorite “chill” music as I like to call it. I have one go-to play list of songs that always works for me.
Get a massage, or a shoulder rub, even if it’s just for a few minutes. A 20 minute massage is better than no massage at all.
Have sex. Yes. I said it. The physical benefits of sex are numerous, and most of them work very well toward relieving stress. Sadly, many people have less sex when their stress levels are high. Be like Nike and just do it.
Light candles, dim lights (this works with the sex suggestion too!) 😉
Burn incense or scented candles. I have some aromatherapy candles that definitely make me feel relaxed.
Turn off the tv and step away from the computer.
Walk barefoot in the grass outside. This will help you to reconnect with nature and get rid of all the tv-computer-cell phone energy that you absorb all day.
Take a day trip to a lake, beach, mountain, etc if you can! This past weekend I spent just a day and a half at the beach and I was instantly relaxed. Standing in front of the ocean always does it for me. Sitting by any large body of water does it for me. The smell of salt water….listening to ocean waves. Something about it just always moves me into a dreamy state. I love it.
You have to make time for you. You have to make time to relax. You are worth it. You need it.
Keep your Cortisol levels down…your body will thank you.
Hope everyone has a beautiful, raw and sexy first day of SUMMER!