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.
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