Brain Body Health
Manage your stress level – critical to health!
- Stress is a “real” or “imaginary” threat to our body/brain
- Activation of the “fight or flight” (sympathetic nervous system) that creates a hormonal cascade for survival. In an acute setting, it is a healthy response. However, when chronically activated, it has been linked to many disease processes, impaired brain function and reduced memory.
- Stress alters the normal motility of our gut and depletes good bacteria
- Imperative for overall health and brain health to activate the “rest and digest” nervous system (parasympathetic) by managing stress levels
Tips to help manage stress levels:
- Meditation – any form of meditation has been shown to decrease cortisol secretion (fight or flight response). Pick something simple and short to begin with.
- Apps that are helpful: Calm, Insight Timer, Breathe, Headspace
- Daily 5×5: 5 times/day, pause and take 5 Deep breaths – inhale through nose and exhale through mouth – focus in lengthening exhalation with each breath.
- Exercise / yoga / Nature walks / Mindfulness
- Pets / community involvement / Laughing
- Find time in life to:
- Pause and appreciate the moment, place and people in your life
- Breathe – for calming, relaxation and regeneration
- Be grateful
- Enjoy community/family/friends
- Find your purpose, meaning and intention