Recently, I hopped on FB Live and chatted about how we can prevent/manage inflammation and ultimately chronic diseases and conditions. Here’s a recap just incase you missed it orrrr I was talking too fast.
During part 1 of the Chronic Disease & Inflammation live chat we talked about how there are at least two lifestyle factors that lead to inflammation in our bodies. The first being our diets and more importantly how our Western diet full of processed foods, sugary drinks and fast food is a major contributor in our ability to develop chronic diseases and conditions. The second lifestyle factor is STRESS.
Stress isn’t going anywhere any time soon. There’s good stress like planning your wedding and then there’s bad stress like the long drawn out break up. The longer our body is dealing with stress the bigger the impact it has on us. Chronic stress not only leads to inflammation in our bodies but it also weakens our immune systems increasing our risk of getting sick. Think about that friend whose always sick with a cold. What does her life look like?
The only thing we have control over is how we choose to react to stress in our lives.
Here are 3 easy tips you can incorporate into your life now to better manage your stress.
1.Be mindful of your thoughts, become more aware of your thoughts.
If so and so pissed you off when you got to work at 9 and its 5:30 and you’re STILL brewing over what happened…Let it go. Continuing to live in that frustration is not doing you any good. You could still be turning the event over in your head, living in that emotion, while the other person has already moved on. All that frustration is only harming YOU.
Let’s be mindful of where we are CHOOSING to focus our thoughts.
2.Begin a gratitude practice.
At the end of your day, jot down 3 things that happened that day that you’re grateful for. This should be at the absolute most a 5 minute exercise. Don’t make it difficult. Don’t over think it. Today I am grateful for that hot cup of coffee my dad had ready when I got to his apt, the freedom to work on school work at my leisure from my laptop, and the Ghostbusters t-shirt I found in my suitcase this am.
The point is to start focusing on what IS going right in our lives. So often we get caught up in what isn’t going right and end up ignoring all the goodness that is happening in our lives.
If you need accountability, perhaps involve a close friend or significant other. Every evening spend a few minutes sharing the top 3 things you’re grateful for. Celebrate your lives.
3. Get your body moving.
After a long day at work, instead of becoming one with your couch and watching hours of TV I challenge you to move your body.
Go out for a walk, go to the gym, have a dance party in your living room.
Whatever it is, get that body moving and shake off all that stale, negative, worrisome energy you’ve carried throughout your day. I have clients who have a hard time sleeping. Their minds and bodies are bogged down with the stress of the day. They wake up exhausted and still weighed down by the stress of the day before and the day before that. More than we realize it is imperative that we find a way to release the stress we’re holding on to. You will be surprised the clarity you can find after a long walk.
These are just a few simple, basic techniques that can have a powerful impact on your life.
If you would like to keep the convo going, by all means let’s make that happen! I’m here to empower, support, and encourage women on their way to living big, bold, VIBRANT lives. Check out my holistic lifestyle coaching business at Vibrant Lifestyle Coaching.