Stressed? Overwhelmed?

Tension seems to mount unbearably sometimes and now with the stress of winter weather, sub zero temperatures…what to do?

We are hard wired to react to danger with our adrenals pumping out fight or flee hormones. Unfortunately, we don’t fight or run, so our bodies are searching for ways to express this extra energy. Keeping constant contact with our electronics adds to the tension, as the brain never has a moment to rest.

The key is relaxation. I know – “you can’t relax!” But it may be easier than you think. Here are three simple tips:

Breathe. Yes, really, try taking a deep breath when the computer doesn’t work, the news pounds at you, or any other stress trigger. The key here is to intend to be AWARE of when you have stopped breathing and are tensing up.

Exercise. Dance, swim, ride, run, jump on a trampoline… Do something, and do a little each day. Try the 15 minute workout. Just get into the gym or down to your trend mill.

Eat: Food affects your moods. REDUCE starches – breads, pastas, potatoes, chocolate, pastries, candies, alcohol. Their relief is temporary at best and then after the crash, you are back at it, powerless. Stop the “cycle of crave, consume, and crash.” INCREASE spinach, lettuce greens, kale, broccoli, squash, cabbage, bok choy and protein. Whatever protein you like; eggs, chicken, beef, fish, beans… Protein will help break the carbohydrate cycle.

As William Ernest Henley says in his poem Invictus: “I am the Master of my fate; I am the Captain of my soul.”

And as I say, “Be the Master of your body and your  mind.” 

Here’s to your freedom!