Soooo I started back at class today for my Doctor in Physical Therapy (yay), and I woke up this morning naturally stressed. Stressed about classes, stressed about studying, and stressed because no car wash in town was open Coincidentally, one of the topics we talked about in my Pathophysiology class was in fact....STRESS. Systems of our bodies are balanced a “set point” that keeps us in homeostasis, and in order to maintain this balance our body adapts. Stress causes our bodies to deviate from this balance by affecting our endocrine and nervous systems stimulating the release of something called cortisol. Too much cortisol interferes with memory, lowers your immune system and bone density, makes you gain fat and lose muscle, and raises your blood pressure. Basically this “stress hormone” is public enemy number one in most peoples lives because it negatively affects the body so much. It’s SO important to find ways that work for you to reduce that stress. Lucky for you, I have a couple tips to reduce the stress and anxiety in your life 😎
1️⃣ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: I don’t care what exercise you do whether it’s lifting, yoga, biking, punching a bag, or walking; moving reduces cortisol. So do it 🙃
2️⃣Mindfulness and Meditation: set aside 10 to 15 a day to just clear your mind (it doesn’t have to be a sacred, “woo-woo” experience). You can take a walk outside, cuddle your pet, or take a hot bath.
3️⃣ Music: listening to music has been shown to lower cortisol levels, so if you like screamo or classical piano, it doesn’t matter just listen to some
4️⃣ LAUGHTER: try to find ways to laugh and joke as much as possible (when appropriate of course); besides laughter is contagious!
• xoxo Sues
•(DM if you want the killer leg/glute workout I crushed tonight ) - 4 hours ago