You need to relax! Your kids know it, your husband (or wife) knows it, and you know it. Stress increases your blood pressure, weakens your immunity, and excess cortisol even increases your appetite. Being relaxed helps your memory, cognition, and slows down the heart rate and decreases muscle tension. But of course, being relaxed is easier said than done. Here are some of my go-to ways to chill out when I know that I need to take it down a notch.
Recently, I saw a headline that made my heart sing. It read “Americans Cut Back on Soda” and I say hooray to that! Its headlines like these that we in the wellness community have been waiting to see for far too long. Granted soda consumption’s downward slide has been a slow one, but it’s fantastic that rising awareness of sugary drink dangers has spread far beyond the wellness community and deep into the consciousness of the everyday consumer.
Here at Be Well, we coach people through dietary changes every day. One of the things we frequently recommend, depending on the person’s symptoms, is the Be Well Cleanse. The Cleanse is an elimination diet - we remove any foods that are inflammatory to the body or that commonly cause allergies or sensitivities. Everyone has a different diet and is dealing with different symptoms to clear up when they embark on a cleanse, so when they take their first look at the list of foods to remove, we get a lot of different reactions. Surprisingly though, many times people don’t even flinch at the thought of cutting out gluten, cheese or sugar. Often, the things people have the strongest reaction to and can’t imagine quitting, even for 2 weeks, are in the beverage section.
When you have dips in energy throughout the day or feel sleep deprived, do you reach for caffeine or sugar? These “quick fixes” for energy will only leave you feeling more depleted later. Over time, if you’re always self-medicating with some form of unnatural energy, this pattern can lead to a constant feeling of fatigue. If you’re riding the energy roller coaster, try one of these 5 tips next time you feel a slump: