Once again, we find ourselves at the beginning of one
of the most beautiful times of the year.
As we prepare for the last three major holidays of 2017, for the health and happiness of you, your guests and family members, begin practicing this critical stress-buster exercise as often as possible.
Frequent deep breaths allow oxygen
to get to your brain and body tissues.
When stressed-out, we tend to take quick shallow breaths that cause dizziness and a feeling of being “spacey”. People tend to define stress in terms of psychological stress; for example feeling emotional, overworked and/or constantly worrying about upcoming events. “Stress” can be caused by anything that upsets the normal state of well-being, including extreme physical exhaustion or feeling traumatized by endless obligations. These “feelings” can eventually weaken the body enough to allow it to be invaded by minor or major infections.
Unrelieved stress creates a dramatic jump in free-radicals – one of the bad guys – in virtually every area of the brain. Three of these areas include the cortex where our perception, sensory and motor functions are created, the striatum area of the brain supports our ability to plan and execute actions, and the hippocampus stores our long and short-term memory and our feeling of spatial location. Significant injury can occur in any of these areas from the overproduction of free-radicals as it weakens the entire body.
“Forewarned is Forearmed”
Brief periods of rest during
stress actually strengthens the brain.
During periods of intense stress, it is important to increase rest periods while understanding we should not avoid all stress. We simply must take enough time to recover in some fashion. For example, choosing not to view stressful events as catastrophic life-threatening events helps us understand some things simply need to be done. By simply asking for help and support or listening to music that stirs your soul can also be great stress-busters.
Quick reminder, remember to honor your health by frequently taking deep cleansing breathes throughout the day. Get outside for a few moments and/or simply walk to the end of the driveway and back. If you have time, take a relaxing bath, read, meditate or talk with someone you trust.
Drink plenty of water!
This is of paramount importance each and every day let alone when extremely stressed out. Dehydration allows toxin levels to quickly escalate to excessively high levels when stress increases free-radical production. The rule is you need 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water during a normal day. When stressed out, you’ll need more.
Finally, it is quite important to take vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to help control the damage stress has on the body. Unfortunately, the typical diet of today doesn’t supply all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need. Below is a quick list of supplements to consider taking on a regular basis – some comprehensive vitamin supplements may contain all of these in one tablet.
- Vitamins, Mineral, Flavonoids (Vitamin C, E, A, D & K. Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Plant flavonoids)
- Antioxidant Enzymes (Superoxide Dismutase, Glutathione Reductase, Glutathione Peroxidase, Catalase)
- Thio Antioxidants (Albumin, Alpha-lipoic Acid, Glutathione)
In closing, as you surround yourself with friends and family I’d like to wish you and yours many full-filled times of joy during these last days of 2017. Keep an eye out for anyone who needs a bit of help by remembering a hug heals a broken heart and a smile brightens the face of people in pain.
From my heart to yours,