“It is not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.” - Hans Selye
Raise your hand if you’ve ever said, “I’m so stressed out at work!” Now add in the stress from your kids or significant other, an important upcoming event, a big life change, not reaching fitness goals, the list goes on and on and on.
Well strip off those heels or boots and make a change.
Stress tells the nervous system to pump out the “stress hormone” cortisol, which suppress functions like digestion, immunity, appetite, and reproductive responses.
Three main NEGATIVE effects of stress on our immune system:
1. Stress creates chronic inflammatory conditions.
2. Stress lowers immunity to other illnesses.
3. Stress masks symptoms of disease.
How can we improve our stress levels?
1. Indulge in physical activity, even if the means pull-ups in your work dress and heels. Go for a walk, jump into a group fitness class, find a city sports league, anything to increase exercise.
2. Practice deep breathing and meditation, and eliminate those triggers that cause unnecessary stress.
3. Reduce your caffeine intake and get some stinking sleep