Tomorrow evening I’ll be giving a free class on Stress and Adrenal health and figured this is a great topic to share a healthy tip about. If you’re interested in getting updates on classes and special offers please click here to read about them as they come up.
Most people think of stress caused by emotional upset, but there are many other stressors that we are exposed to each and every day that we can easily reduce. For instance, it is a huge stress on the brain when our blood sugar drops after not eating for an extended period of time. One way to minimize stress is to create routines that you can maintain on a daily basis. It is best to eat at the same time every day, consuming food at least every 4-6 hours.
Going to bed at the same time every night and waking at the same time every day not only supports biorhythms, but is also helpful in maintaining proper hormone levels and allowing for higher quality of sleep. The “swing shift” is an extreme example of the stress caused by varying sleep patterns. This can takes years off a person’s life. Waking up at the same time every morning allows for one to learn to wake up naturally without the need or intrusion of a loud alarm clock.
By nature, exercise is a stress on the body, however exercising at the same time every day sets up pattern for rises in metabolism, hormones and neurotransmitters that the body will get used to and actually thrive on.
Constipation is a common problem for many, and setting a consistent time frame to try to eliminate each day will create a routine that may end the problem. In all of these cases, routines will reduce stress and increase the benefits of eating, sleeping, exercising and eliminating.