It’s sad but true that being ‘busy’ has become the new way to say ‘I’m making it in life’.
Most women don’t even hesitate in responding to the daily question of “How are you?” with a standard response of “crazy” or “exhausted” and in fact, this is the new norm.
If we break this down and really look at the answers “crazy” and “exhausted” we have to ask ourselves; is it really worth all of this chasing for success if you are devoid of happiness?
I personally fall into this pattern when I forget to implement my stress resilience tools on a daily basis, which without, my adrenal glands (stress glands) take over and all of a sudden I am back on the burnout track!
So here are 7 of the best STRESS RESILIENCE tools to help the busy woman get off the ‘stress express’ and come back to balance:
- DIGITAL DETOX
- READING POSITIVE BOOKS
- REGULAR HEALTHY HOLIDAYS AND TIME IN NATURE
- INCORPORATING FUN EVERYDAY
- GOOD FOOD
- MOVEMENT THERAPY
Giving yourself an hour first thing in a morning without looking at your phone or turning on a tablet or computer can allow you to start your day without being bombarded with emails, messages and social engagement.
A 2015 study lead by Kate Unsworth revealed that a digital detox can improve :
READING POSITIVE BOOKS
The type of material you choose to read can directly impact your mood.
If you pick up a thriller or a drama non-fiction book, as the writer takes you on a journey of their creation, there will a direct impact on your emotions, feelings and thoughts. Unfortunately the affect could be detrimental to your emotional body and therefor can leave you feeling pretty blue.
On the other hand, if you choose to pick up positive literature this will have a positive impact on your mood and encourage you to think, feel and focus on the good things in life.
Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower the stress in the body. By simply taking 3 deep, slow breaths, this sends a message to your brain to slow down and relax.
There are many simple toolswhich you can use to access deep calming breath, some of which are outlined here.
The main objective with deep breathing is that it tells your nervous system to focus on healing or ‘feed and breed’ and to get you out of survival mode due to the stress also known as ‘fight or flight’.
REGULAR HEALTHY HOLIDAYS AND TIME IN NATURE9
We have a little saying at Living Empowered Retreats and that is “spending 20 mins a day (in nature) will help keep the doctor away”; and its so true!
Simply giving yourself 10-20min a day outside will instantaneously reduce your stress hormones by combating with the feel-good endorphins, plus will inject you with a healthy dose of vitamin D to maintain a strong skeletal system and immune system.
For the recommended amount of sun, which is ‘healthy’ click here.
INCORPORATING FUN INTO EVERY DAY
When you have ‘fun’ you automatically release a hormone called ‘oxytocin’ which is the same hormone secreted during sex and post exercise.
Oxytocin is the opposite hormone to the stress hormone cortisol (which is the one that can lead to adrenal exhaustion if its constantly in your blood from continued stress). The more oxytocin you can get happening in your body (i.e. the more fun and sex you are having) the less stressed your body will be.
It’s a proven fact that ‘we are what we eat’. Everything that we put into our mouths and onto our skin and hair, is absorbed straight into our blood stream and is broken down to create the cells of our body.
This means if you eat crap your cells will be crap and the same rings true for if you eat clean your cells will be clean!
Read more about how your food creates your cells here.
By exercising your body the way it is meant to, you will not only help make it stronger, more stable and flexible, but you will also make it more resilient to the negative affects of stress.
There are so many different modalities of movement therap which will assist with this resilience building, but the key is to make sure the modality you choose is one you enjoy and hence stimulate the oxytocin cascade affect at the same time.