Stressful events and daily life hustles causes a hormone known as Cortisol to rise. The hormone results to food craving which results to obesity. Diet and nutrition choices assist in managing stress levels. Certain food and fruits are known to have calming effects. They contain steady source of energy with specific nutrients that they supply to the body. They in turn soothe and calms stress levels down. Music also has the power to reduce stress and anxiety as it has a direct link to our emotions. Music has both mental and physical health benefits. Listening to music helps in improving the body’s immune system that in turn reduces stress.
People who listen to relaxing music have been known to portray less distress. Studies made have shown that when one is listening to relaxing music, the brain responds to the music in specific ways.
They are creamy fruits good source for glutathione a stress free proof to the body. It blocks the intestinal absorption of fats that cause oxidative damage. It is also rich in vitamin E and lutein.
Berries such as the strawberries, raspberries, blue berries and blackberries contain high levels of anthocyanin. The antioxidant has major positive outcomes that give the brain sharper cognition. Berries are a rich source of Vitamin C that helps in combating stress levels.
With its crunchy and salty taste, cashews are great snacks that assist cure many cravings. They are a great source of zinc that gives 11 percent to the body RDA with every serve. Stress and anxiety have been linked to low levels of Zinc in the body. A boost of Zinc in the body helps reduce depression and also anxiety.
Healthy stretches are also an effective way to reduce stress. The restriction to blood flow to the body muscles causes’ stress. The secret to restoration of blood flow is through stretching the neck, shoulders and also the lower back. Some of the healthy exercises include;
- Wall Roll-Down.
The stretch relaxes the shoulders, lower back and also the neck. It ensures that there is sufficient blood flow in the muscles. The stretch is done by standing while the back is against the wall. Leave a space of 12 inches between the legs and the walls for balance. As one exhale and inhales, stretches are made using the hands and shoulders as slow and deep breathes are made.
- Up the wall.
The stretch helps in relaxing of the back of the thighs and also the hips that ensures sufficient blood flow. The lower part of the buttocks lies close on the walls while extending the legs up. Holding breathes; knees are bent out while bringing soles of the feet while sliding them apart as far as it is comfortable for the participant.
- Cat with a twist.
The stretch contributes in relaxing the shoulders, abdominal muscles and also the back. Smooth blood flow to the muscles and to the brain assists in reducing stress levels. In this case, kneeling is done with hands the below the shoulders and the knees beneath the hips. While inhaling and exhaling, push the abdominal muscles back and forth like a cat.
A combination of stress fighting food and healthy stretches gives fit and positive stress feel plans when used frequently. Good flow of blood attributed to these exercises and foods ensures less stress.
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