Stress and Health

We all know that being stressed is not fun, and is definitely not healthy. We all get overwhelmed sometimes whether it is school, family, friends, or just general responsibilities that we have. Finding easy and enjoyable ways to relieve stress is quite beneficial because mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact stress can take a toll on your body as well as your mind. Stress can cause restlessness and the inability to sleep, underrating or overeating, unwillingness to participate in physical activities, and just leads to unhealthy behavior overall. In more extreme cases stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Clearly stress is a serious issue and should be handled before it is too late. I wanna look at fun and simple ways to subdue stressful feelings to keep you both mentally and physically healthy.

The first thing you should do when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out is slow down and identify what is bothering you. If what you are stressed about has to be done soon I would suggest just taking a second to breath and just think positive. I know that sounds pointless but it can actually help a lot more than you think. If you have time to deal with what is going on in your life the best stress reliever of all is doing something you love, that is also healthy.

Being with others you enjoy is a great way to lower stress

When I am stressed I love to be with friends, go outside, watch shows, read, and hang out with my pets. These relaxing and enjoyable activities enable tensed muscles to relax and reduce anxiety. Stress was initially a survival mechanism as it enabled our ancestors to tense up at signs of danger. Nowadays we don’t have that same kind danger to worry about and tension caused by stress puts unnecessary strain on our bodies which leads to harmful health consequences.

Me and the dogs! (trust me dogs help)

When stressed I also find that physical activity helps whether that is taking a walk or going to workout. When you exercise your body releases endorphins leading to a sense of euphoria. As well as relieving stress and overall just making you feel better physical activity is great for your body.

Hiking and being outdoors with others is another great stress reliever

Hopefully this gave you some insight into stress and inspired you to take time in your life to do things you enjoy. Not only is it fun but it is super healthy for you both mentally and physically!

Exercise Can be Fun

The whole idea of exercising today consists of going on long runs, working out at the gym, and just overall seems extremely time consuming and difficult. This reputation that exercising has acquired has driven many people away as they feel they don’t have enough time or motivation to commit. This is slightly problematic since exercising is great for your overall health and is very beneficial now, and in the long run. I want to introduce a new idea about staying fit and healthy that can be incooperated into everyday life and can actually be considered fun.

Over President’s Day weekend I went up to Mammoth to go skiing with some friends. We skied for three days and we all had an amazing time. I then began to realize that I was actually exercising everyday during that break, but I was having a great time doing so. This led me to the idea that exercise can be fun and is even better with friends. Skiing isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise but it is actually great physical activity.

Me and Madeline hitting the slopes

There are so many other ways to incorporate physical activities into everyday life even if they may not fall into the typical category of working out. Going on hikes, swimming, biking, doing yoga and even just choosing to walk instead of drive can actually make a big difference. These simple activities are quick and actually fun especially when you are with people you enjoy.

One of my favorite things to do regularly is hike. The San Ysidro trail, in Montecito, is walkable from my house which is really fun since I can walk up whenever I want. Aside from the physical activity hiking provides great views and is really fun to do with friends, so this week I had Madeline come over to hike with me.

A view from our hike

We had fun walking up the gorgeous trails, taking pictures, and of course laughing and talking. I really love the idea of getting outside and being active with others since it is much more enjoyable and you are both getting a workout. Overall I think being active with other is one of the best ways to improve health both physically and mentally!

Natural Immunity Boosters in Everyday Eats

Whenever I feel like I need to eat better I have this idea of elaborate salads and all organic meals. I am looking for a way to make eating healthier easier and more enjoyable. I figure the simpler it is to help your eating habits the more willing you’d be to do so. I have found four immunity boosting foods on Dr. Oz’s website that can be eaten everyday with about any simple meal you have. So let’s get started!

These immunity boosters can be added to food you love and eat everyday!

The first immunity boosting food I found was avocado. Adding avocado to you diet supports adrenal function and health. They contain essential amino acids, healthy fats, and antioxidants to balance hormone production as well. Having a half a cup of avocado a day is pretty simple considering all the things you could add it to. My personal favorite is avocado toast but putting avocado in your salad, having guacamole, or even eating it plain with olive oil and salt easily adds it to what you eat daily.

The next simple immunity booster is ginger. Ginger warms the body and helps break down toxins in the organs, especially in the lungs and sinuses. It also helps clense the body’s lymphatic system. By breaking down the accumulation of toxins in your body ginger decreases your risk of infection. I really love ginger tea in the morning and before bed during the cooler months. When it is warmer you can also make ginger infused water to drink iced. Ginger is a great flavor booster and is used in spices, sauces, and many flavored drinks as well.

Ginger can be used in drinks, spices, sauces, smoothies, and more

Next is oatmeal. This health food contains soluble fiber which reduces LDL, also known as you “bad” cholesterol. This fiber rich food can be eaten warm in the morning with brown sugar as a nutritious way to start the day. if you are looking for an easier to go snack oatmeal also has you covered, with overnight oatmeal.You can prepare the oatmeal then place it into small separate jars with a bit of sugar and whatever else you want to add. I add flax seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds to add a couple more health promoting ingredients. You then place your little snacks in the fridge and you can either heat them up or take them cold.

The final quick immunity booster is pomegranate. Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid and Punic alagin which fight the damage cause by free radicals and preserve the collagen in your skin. Pomegranates are also a powerful source of phytonutrients that promote healthy skin. You can eat pomegranates plain as a simple snack or place them in a salad, smoothie, or berry bowl.

This berry bowl is packed with nutrients and tastes great

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle I think the most important thing is consistency. Whether it is exercising a few times a week of attempting to maintain a healthy diet the reasults won’t show unless you commit to what you are doing and work to achieve your goal!