In my coaching practice, stress management is a big focus. Why? Well, stress affects your eating habits, digestion, appetite, sleep, mood, energy, and so much more. I want my clients to regularly operate from a place where they are maximizing their digestion and metabolism, experiencing healthy mood and appetite, and are able to make calm, empowering decisions about their health on a moment-to-moment, day-to-day basis.
I take a 3-tiered approach to stress management:
- Build Resilience, in mind and body, to reduce the effects of stress.
- Shift Reactivity, that is, shift your mindset to you react in a stressful manner less often.
- Promote Release through tools that help you release stress readily when it does occur.
In this post, I want to focus on the base of the pyramid: resilience. Here are some ways you can build stress resilience.
- Mind Body Nutrition: Proper nutrition is key to stress resilience. But proper nutrition goes beyond what we eat, which is where most people focus. I believe focusing on the how, when, where, who, and why of eating are just as important, and my clients’ results support that. If you want to learn more, message me or check out my course Empower Your Relationship With Food.
- Meditation: A regular meditation practice can contribute greatly to improving your stress resilience. Meditation is not difficult, but it is a practice. You need to stick with it for a while to reap the benefits. There are so many tools and resources out there to help you get started. One of my favorites is the Zen 12 meditation program, because it uses ‘brainwave’ sounds to shift you into a state of total relaxation and give you an hour’s worth of meditation in just 12 minutes.
- Movement helps release stress energy trapped in your system. The key here is to engage in movement that you enjoy, whatever that might look like for you. For some, this may involve intense exercise, for others, it may involve practices like yoga or tai chi. Movement could be walking, dancing, working around the house, gardening. But watch out – you can increase your stress through over-exercising, or through engaging in movement activities that you really don’t like. So experiment and find out what resonates with you. And create some variety!
- Sleep quality. Poor sleep is a stress on your system. Getting quality sleep is key to creating stress resilience. That’s when your body performs the majority of its detox and repair functions, in order to get your body ready to face a new day.
Other practices that can build stress resistance include: being in nature, play (whatever that means to you – could be playing sports or games, playing with children, playing with pets), exploring your creativity, journaling – keeping a gratitude journal, for example.
Two products that form a regular part of my stress resilience protocol are:
- EMRO Quantum energy Stress Relief discs – like acupuncture without needles, these non-transdermal, non-medicinal discs help balance your body’s energy so that you experience less stress.
- Isagenix Ionix Supreme: this nutrient-rich tonic, featuring a blend of Adaptogens, helps balance and normalize the body’s systems while protecting against the negative effects of stress.
If you are interested in learning more about either of these products, email me!
I’d love to hear from you: what do you do to cultivate stress resilience? Comment on this post or email me. I’ll collect your responses to feature in a future post.