Managing Stress: Part 2

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Part 2: Three Tips to Manage Hidden Stressors

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this article, untreated chronic stress can result in serious health conditions including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Research shows that stress can contribute to the development of major illnesses, such as heart disease, depression and obesity.

Sometimes we’re exposed to hidden stressors, or those insults that out bodies perceive as stressful, yet we may not know it. These stressors can revolve around food quality, our environment, as well as the people we associate with.

Here are 3 common stressors that we encounter on a daily basis and practical tips to help reduce them:

Non-organic and Genetically Modified Foods (GMO):
Organic foods are produced without the use of chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, petroleum-, sewage- or sludge-based fertilizers or chemical pesticides. Organic food is not bio-engineered, genetically modified, nor is it irradiated. Poultry and Beef are fed only organic feed, are grazed on organically maintained pastures, and are not given antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products.

Avoiding these toxic chemicals will have a significant impact on our health and vitality, namely reducing the “stress” that are digestion and detoxification systems experience when trying to eliminate non-organic chemicals.

Practical Tip: Choose organic for foods that are often referred to as the “Dirty Dozen”; leafy greens, apples, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, grapes, peppers, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, strawberries, and zucchini.

Toxic ingredients in skin care products:
Parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, cosmetic “fragrance”, and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate are just a few of the hazardous chemicals used in many of our soaps, shampoos, and skin products, like lotions and sunscreen.

Many of these harmful ingredients can be very damaging to our organs, immune system, blood chemistry, and can actually affect our DNA – Yikes!

Practical Tip: Remember, our skin is an organ, and whatever we put on it, get’s absorbed into the body. Check out the safety of you products at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Toxic people we choose to associate with:
Toxic people are known as emotional vampires because instead of sucking blood, they drain energy and self-esteem. They are those people that criticize, drain your energy, and are “glass half empty” kind of people.

These types of people will cause emotional stress as they look for ways to perpetuate their own misery and anxiety at the expense of others.

While it’s not always possible to avoid these toxic people, be proactive and choose to seek out nutritious people. These types of people will help relieve stress and improve emotional well-being.

Practical Tip: Nutritious people have three characteristics. First, their faces light up when a friend walks in the room, they listen and most importantly, they have few — if any — plans to improve another person. Find environments that are supportive and energizing that can reduce stress and speed up the healing process.