Stress—it’s a part of life and something that we all deal with. However, chronic stress is becoming a massive issue, leading to inflammation, and lowering our overall quality of life.
Science shows that chronic stress can put us in a constant state of fight-or-flight, where our body is releasing excess amounts of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones can lead to feelings of irritability, lower immune function, and can set our body up for a constant inflammatory response.
To help support both physical and mental wellness, we have to make stress reduction a priority. However, it’s not easy to reduce stress on a day-to-day basis. So, we’re sharing four simple hacks that anyone can implement into their daily lives that don’t take too much time and can be fit into even the busiest schedules.
4 Hacks to Lower Your Daily Stress
#1 Take 5 Daily
Lowering your stress levels can seem like a monumental task when your to-do list is never-ending. But, if you can stop and take five minutes each day to breathe, meditate, or even just stretch and be mindful, it can make a huge difference. Plus, once you find five minutes to reduce stress, you may be able to find ten. Keep increasing the amount of time you find for stress reduction until you’re taking at least twenty minutes per day to focus on you.
#2 Ditch the Sugar
There’s no denying the fact that sugar is inflammatory, and many of us are consuming more than we even realize. Not only can too much refined sugar trigger inflammation, but it can also leave us with imbalanced blood sugar levels, causing moodiness, irritability, and fatigue.
Try looking at your diet and areas where you can cut back on refined sugar. Can you cut the amount of sugar you add to your coffee in half? Can you switch the raw honey or pure maple syrup instead of white table sugar in your baking recipes?
Lowering your sugar intake may make a bigger difference in how you feel both mentally and physically than you think.
#3 Try Adaptogens
Adaptogens can be used as an amazing tool to help calm the body’s stress response. Here at Dr. Vim’s, we offer Yinergy for women and Vigor for men. With these potent and powerful adaptogens, you may notice a boost in energy, and productivity, and feel more centered.
Adaptogens help support what your body needs, helping you feel your best.
#4 Get Outside For Just 10 Minutes Per Day
Getting some sunshine and fresh air does the mind and body good. Make it a goal to get outside for ten minutes per day to soak up some much-needed mood-boosting vitamin D and just breathe in some fresh air on your lunch break. Or, get the dog out for a walk before your busy day starts. It may just leave you with more mental clarity and put you in a better mood.
Make Stress Reduction Possible
Lowering stress is hard, especially with how busy all of our schedules are. Use these four hacks to try to reduce stress a little bit each day. Small steps can make a massive difference in how you feel every day.