Stress can come at you in many ways
Stress is your body’s response to a challenge or demand. You’ve heard of the “fight or flight” response. This is when your body has a physical response to something that your brain identifies as a threat. Your brain sounds the alarm! DANGER! Adrenaline starts flowing, blood starts rushing, and your rate of breathing increases. And when that happens too often throughout the day, it’s like you are slamming on the gas pedal, then slamming on the breaks. And you end up lurching through the day, instead of having a nice smooth cruise. (Plus, just like a car, you can experience a lot of wear and tear on important parts.)
Everyone experiences stress. And everyone experiences stress differently. Try to manage your response to the level of the event. In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff. Someone cuts you off in traffic – no big deal. Someone doesn’t put the top back on the tube of toothpaste – no big deal. And if you have kids, then stress is a given. Stress can be triggered by a wide range of events – even positive events that represent a major change in your “normal” situation.
Examples of significant life stresses are:
- Changing jobs
- Increase in financial obligations
- Getting married
- Having children
- Moving to a new home
- Health challenges such as illness or injury
- Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
NOTE: See a mental health professional if stress becomes a constant issue in your life.
Dangers of Chronic Stress
We’re not trying to stress you out, but we want you to understand that stress is a killer. Literally. Here are just a few of the issues that can result from out-of-control stress and anxiety.
- Weight Gain
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Stomach Upset
- Frequent Illness
- Heart Issues
6 Simple Tips to Reduce Stress
Life can come at you. Stuff happens. But, there are many things that are in your control. Here are six simple (and important) suggestions to help you manage stressful situations.
Watch what you eat and drink
Eat healthy food. Avoid artificial ingredients. Easy on the alcohol. Stay away from cigarettes.
Be consistent. Walk, jog, or run. Stretch, lift, or swim. Get outside and enjoy some sunshine.
Get 7+ hours of sleep
Your body and brain recharge at night. Your immune system is most active during deep sleep.
Manage your expectations, goals and values
Be grateful for what you have. Don’t try to be perfect, just try to get better. Live an aligned life.
Surround yourself with positive people and information
Limit your intake of negative news. Be aware of who you let into your life and your thoughts.
Save some time for yourself
You can’t give to others if you have nothing to give. Take care of yourself in every way.
Take a Deep Breath
- Get comfortable
- Put on some relaxing music and dim the lights
- Breathe in through your nose and fill your belly with air
- Hold it for a moment
- Breathe out through your nose at a similar or slower pace than your inhale
- Put your hand on your belly and feel your belly rise and fall
Enjoy a Healthy Nightcap
Bye-bye racing thoughts. Nighty-night muscle tension. Tune out the noise and nonsense. Stress melts away as cortisol levels lower. There’s no buzz (it’s alcohol-free). Just a smooth, all-over peace. Sleep sneaks up on you with a warm embrace. And in your deepest slumber, you rejuvenate. Your brain and body re-charge like a battery. And then you wake up… WOW! You look and feel great. It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. You’re healthier too. In addition to your new-found calm, expect to notice that you feel happier.
Unwined™ is a cheat code for stress reduction. Like smooth jazz for your brain. Just sip and chill every night. This is the perfect product for the craziness that we call life in 2022.