Ever find yourself dealing with anxiety, stress or depression? If you have, then you are aware of both the emotional and physical effects of these emotional states. When you have low drive and energy, you miss out on living the best of who you are.
The three small steps below can help you fight off the negative effects of stress.
Step 1: Determine your physiological stress response (Checking Your Adrenal Gland)
Your body responds to the way you feel, think and act. When you go through a stressful event in life or experience chronic stress, your body will start to develop physical warning signs.
Testing your adrenal function will help determine if your adrenal glands are suboptimal. This can provide you with the right treatment protocol and supercharge your body once again.
Step 2: Get your perspective in balance (Ending Your Night Positively)
With day to day activates and the rush to get everything done, it is hard not to focus on the negative moments. It can be the jerk that cuts you off on your way home, the office colleague who drank the last cup of coffee without refilling the pot, or the lineup at the grocery store that you waited forever in only to realize you forgot to buy toilet paper.
During your daily grind, neurotransmitters in your brain are busy firing off to help you cope with the events of the day. When you become overwhelmed your brain switches over to a mode called “negative vigilance.”
To combat the effects of stress, the following simple exercise can rewire your brain and help create new neural pathways. It is called three daily positives, in which you scan for three positive events that happened to you that day.
With pen and paper in hand, right before you go to sleep write down three specific positive events that happened to you during the day. These events can be as simple as someone holding the door for you, a compliment on your clothes, or that 5 minutes of silence with your cup of tea.
So why does this work? By changing your focus on the positive events of the day, you can regain control of your thoughts. This exercise helps you feel empowered and calms down the nerves in your brain. The physical act of writing three positive events a day helps with not only seeing it but helps to create new neural pathways.
The take home point is to do this every day without skipping a single day, as it takes 21 days for your brain to feel the reward from this simple exercise.
Step 3 – Trade in your coffee
Let’s face it; coffee is a lifeline for many adults. It is not uncommon that 1 cup of coffee in the morning turns into 3-4 cups of coffee by the end of the day. If you find yourself depending on coffee to get your morning started or keep you going throughout the day, then green tea could be your new best friend.
Green tea contains L-theanine, which helps calm the brain and increases focus. If you dislike the taste of green tea and have pledged your allegiance to coffee, there are ways to supercharge your coffee.
Take one cup of coffee and one capsule of L-theanine (200mg). The combination of L-theanine and caffeine can help you perform and focus when it comes to mentally demanding work.
It is the small steps we take in our lives that create the life we have in front of us. Be kind to yourself and put yourself first with these small but powerful steps.