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De-Stress With Yoga

Kids, work, spouses, finances, schedules, our own health and life in a modern world are all sources of stress.

We are all exposed to stress and it can cause the body to release powerful chemicals and hormones, including cortisol that prepares our body for the ‘fight or flight’ response.

It literally changes the chemistry in our blood causing damage to tissues in the body that can lead to a weakened immune system and increased abdominal fat that can lead to stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure.

The stress response can trigger inflammation and high levels of free radicals from toxins, chemicals and pollutants and in some cases spike insulin and glucose levels that make the body pre-diabetic.

All of the above speeds up the aging process and prolonged stress can be extremely harmful to the brain causing anxiety and depression.

Managing sources of stress is important for your well-being and even stress experienced from the past can have a profound, long-lasting effect on your health.

Whether you are dealing with stress from the past or present, it can certainly be overwhelming making it difficult to do anything at all, much less exercise and eat healthy.

Here are 5 tips and suggestions for getting a handle on your stress levels:

Carve out time for YOU each day to relax – Yoga can help your mind and body slow down giving empty attention to the body as well as the mind.

 

Break down big problems into smaller ones – instead of trying to solve everything at once, do what you can each day to resolve it so you will not feel so overwhelmed.

 

Professional life and spiritual coaches may be able to help you manage your life more efficiently by scaling back a bit if you have too many responsibilities.

 

Keep a collection of stress-stoppers handy in case of emergency. It might be taking 5 deep breaths, going for a walk or spend time in nature or with your pet.

 

Regular Yoga practice, good skin care, healthy meals and a good night’s sleep go a long way toward lowering your likelihood of disease; looking and feeling younger & stronger with an active mind and body.

 

About The Author

 

Sherry L. Granader, ACE, AFAA, NETA, ACSM, ASFA, BBU

Nutritionist/Writer/Speaker/Yogi

Sherry is a Nutritionist, Writer, National Speaker, Ghostwriter of books for Natural Medicine Doctors and Clinical Nutritionists and an Author of 2 healthy cookbooks. She is a Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump, STEP and Aerobics with over 20 years experience. She served as the On-Air Nutritionist for QVC television in the United States and the UK and hosted her own weekly “Healthy Living” segments for PBS.

For more information on Sherry, visit www.sgtotalhealth.com

Sherry L. Granader, ACE, AFAA, NETA, ACSM, ASFA, BBU

Nutritionist/Writer/Speaker/Yogi

Sherry is a Nutritionist, Writer, National Speaker, Ghostwriter of books for Natural Medicine Doctors and Clinical Nutritionists and an Author of 2 healthy cookbooks. She is a Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump, STEP and Aerobics with over 20 years experience. She served as the On-Air Nutritionist for QVC television in the United States and the UK and hosted her own weekly “Healthy Living” segments for PBS.

For more information on Sherry, visit www.sgtotalhealth.com