Are you stressed out, overwhelmed, and tired? Is emotional eating taking its toll? Have difficulty controlling your cravings? You are not alone. Stress is an inevitable part of daily life. The way we manage stress can play a large role in both our health and happiness.
When it comes to tips for managing stress and worry, we are big believers in what philosophers from Seneca to Stephen Covey have called the circle of control. The idea is that there are things in life that are within your control, and things that aren’t. Focus your energy on changing things that are within your control, and try not to worry about others. What lies within your circle of control?
Check out these tips below for things to focus your attention on in addition to this calming naturally-sourced secret weapon against stress.
5 Tips for Stress Management
Although “just breathe” may sound cliche, sometimes the simplest solution can be one of the most effective. Focusing on your breathing can help to relieve stress. Most of us don’t really pay attention to the natural function of breathing. But odds are, you are taking short, shallow breaths right now. Don’t cheat! Now take a couple of deep, chest-expanding breaths and notice the difference!
The American Institute of Stress states, “Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body. It brings awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.”
Try this breathing exercise a few times a day or whenever you feel stress getting the best of you:
Push your shoulders back, lifting your chest forward with good posture.
Inhale deeply through your nose to a count of four.
Pause for one, then exhale through your mouth for a count of six.
Repeat 4-6 times.
These quick little breaks throughout your day are designed specifically for pausing and breathing, offering a type of mini-meditation. Meditation does not have to mean sitting cross-legged chanting. Meditation can simply be any mindful moment, even prayer or visualization practices.
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Movement + Recovery
Moving your body is a great stress-buster. It boosts your level of endorphins, which are known to be feel-good hormones. Exercising has also been proven to lower symptoms associated with stress and worry according to the Mayo Clinic. Nearly any form of exercise, from yoga to running, can have a stress-reducing effect.
You don’t need to be a hardcore gym rat to get these benefits. From these light exercise options to this do-anywhere 15-minute quick workout, even small amounts of movement can make a big difference to your stress levels. Remember to try to be kind to yourself and appreciate your body for all of the things it can do.
We find that we are able to “get out of our heads” and refocus our thoughts easier after some exercise. Here are some of our favorites around here...what about yours?
- Weight Lifting
- HIIT Workouts (For something more intense!)
Recovery is just as important as all of this movement. Most people underestimate the importance of allowing your body time to rest and recover, thinking of that “no pain, no gain” mantra. Rest days are just as important for things like supporting your immune system, repairing sore muscles and tendons, and improving your mood and mental state even further.
We believe in eating well first and foremost. Seeking out foods that nourish your body and provide the nutrients you need can go a long way in helping your body break free from the cycle of stress and stress eating.
A diet balanced in nutrients can help support your body’s reaction to stress. When you are deficient in any area, your body is less able to cope with daily stresses. Make sure that you are including a wide variety of healthy foods in your diet, so your immune system is better able to adapt to daily stresses.
If you’re looking for delicious, comforting food that will also make you feel great and support your weight loss goals, be sure to check out our healthy low-carb recipes.
Get Your Zzz’s
A good night’s sleep is crucial to help cope with stress. Sleep restores our body and brain function, resets our body’s hormones, and allows us to approach situations with a calm and cool demeanor. Health Day agrees, stating, “If you’re feeling stressed out, getting enough sleep should be one of your top priorities. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, even if you feel like you can get by on less.”
Unfortunately, more than 1-in-3 people are at least slightly sleep-deprived. That means lots of us are missing out on the benefits of restful, restorative sleep when it comes to handling the stresses we all face. That means we’re almost constantly falling behind when it comes to the effects of stress and lack of sleep on our bodies. In turn, we gain weight, lose energy, and feel less and less like ourselves.
Take the Right Supplements
In addition to a balanced diet, taking the right supplements can fill any remaining gaps in your nutrition, and help you cope with stressful situations.
Xr2 is designed to help you unwind and fall into a deeper sleep while helping to manage stress levels. Using naturally sourced ingredients, like valerian root and GABA, Xr2 calms your body as you prepare for bed, so you can rest without habit-forming substances or complicated routines.*
Xr2 Sleep and Stress-Relief Support
Xr2’s formula helps you to rest and refresh, so you can start your day ready to overcome the stresses we all face, not just live with them. By practicing daily stress management tips and supplementing your body where necessary, you can experience a calmer-less-stressed lifestyle.*
With a proprietary blend of naturally sourced ingredients that were specifically designed to help you relax and rest, Xr2 is the solution to better sleep and happier, healthier mornings. Stress is the enemy of sleep, a long life, healthy hormonal levels, and weight loss. With a powerful combination of ingredients, Xr2 will help you improve the quality of your sleep and effectively reduce your stress.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.