10 ways to De-Stress

  1. Workout:  As your core temperature rises and you start to sweat, feel good endorphins are released in your brain while coritsol (stress hormones) are suppressed.
  2. Unplug:  “living off the grid” 3-4 hours a day keep you from becoming overwhelmed with the barrage of emails, phone calls, texts etc.
  3. Breathe: Deep belly breathing oxygenates your brain and body helping it feel invigorated and refreshed.
  4. Get 7-8 hours of sleep at night:  Need help getting more zzz’s?  Add banana’s, peanuts, dairy and turkey to your diet which contain tryptophan, which helps produce melatonin.
  5. Lay off the processed foods:  The sugar, salt and preservatives can make you less motivated and depressed.  Stick to whole foods (earth made, not man made).
  6. Laugh:  Laughing reduces tension and causes a spike in those feel good hormones.  Not to mention a great belly workout!
  7. Get a massage:  Massage improves circulation, relieves pain and help muscles relax.  A relaxed body mind equals a relaxed body!
  8. Meditate:  Sitting still without thoughts  for 15 – 30 minutes can reduce stress levels and refocus your thoughts for the day as well as lower your blood pressure.
  9. Get your vitamin B:  A deficiency of Vitamin D may include depression, apathy and irritability which all contribute to stress.  Add beans, eggs, nuts, peas and dairy products for starters.
  10. Smell up some stress relieving scents:  Lavender, rosemary and cypress are a few of the scents known to raise mood, reduce anxiety and aid focus.

    Speaking of WORKING OUT?  Come on over to Fuel Fitness for a GREAT Cycle class today!  12:10 – 12:50!!

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