The past week most of us have gone from holiday mode to work mode. A lot of times, we dive right into high gear without acknowledging we need a ramp up period (going from movies on the couch to three-hour marathon meetings can be a major shift).
Researchers have found that when we don't acknowledge emotions, our bodies store them as stress - which impacts our overall immunity and long-term health. As flu season comes along, you can imagine why extra stress on our systems can lead us straight to the doctor.
Here are a few ways we can shift our mind & body from stressful to stress-less:
Spend a few moments in silence each morning before diving into the day. Meditation is proven to reduce anxiety.
Practice square breathing (also known as box breathing). This simple breathing technique activates the vagus nerve and shifts our bodies from fight-or-flight mode into being fully present. It's super simple, learn how here. (My husband swears by this).
Move your body as often as you can. Think of daily movement as a method of converting stress into positive energy.
How are you reducing your stress load to up your immunity this winter? Share and tag us at @kosterina.
We have a problem of systemic racism in America. For me, it has been watching this crisis through the lens of parenthood that has struck me the most. I don’t think I fully realized the burden that my fellow parents need to bear when they are parenting Black children.
The question I’m pondering this week is around willpower. Although there is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there, generally we know that we need to avoid refined sugars, toxic oils and processed foods. But despite being armed with all the latest research and knowledge, why is it still so hard to make the right food choices sometimes?
How are you doing? I’m feeling a little burst of positivity this week as things are slowly starting to feel a bit more normal. We have seen a few more friends and family members (from afar) and the local Starbucks in my town re-opened this week (major development). And generally, I’m a little less nervous about going to the pharmacy and the supermarket. But as I've been moving about in public a bit more I've had a lot more interactions with strangers while wearing a mask. And, it's made me think about how we treat each other in this new world.