By Nisha Jackson PhD, MS, WHCNP, HHP
Southern Oregon Radio Host
If you think you are burned out by toxic stress, you probably are. The good news is that you can regain balance and put an end to the hormonal turmoil. It all comes down to self-care.
Solutions for the Stressed-out Busy Woman
Five simple actions could make all of the difference …
Eating Breakfast: Include protein at breakfast, then eat at least every four to five hours to maintain blood-sugar levels.
Getting up earlier: Go to bed earlier the night before and allow time in the morning to prepare for the day. Taking time to mentally and spiritually brace yourself for what’s ahead will quiet the stress response and give you a sense of control.
Exercising: If you are unable to get up earlier, try fitting in twenty minutes of walking, playing with the kids, riding your bike, or gentle stretching at some point of the day. Regular exercise offers benefits as well.
An American Cancer Society study in 2001 found that women who exercised more than four hours each week had a 37 percent lower breast cancer risk than women who did not exercise.
Relaxing for ten minutes during the day: Find a place where no one can interrupt you. Take time to breathe and quiet yourself and regroup mentally and emotionally. Even a short breather can reduce stress hormone levels.
Nurturing friendship: Making time for your friends has a grouping effect providing non-pressured space to unwind and connect on a healing level.
Eliminate the things in your life that don’t really matter and prioritize and make changes that where you’ll reap a host of positive outcomes. Sources of stress are not going to disappear, so how your choose to handle stress or alleviate it is the key!
Best of Health, Nish!