Stress in our lives can be caused by a wide variety of things – many of which are not easily in our control. This blog series was developed to help identify 10 areas in your life where you have control over the stress that your body consumes, and in areas that we often forget contribute to stress.

If you have missed tips # 1 – 8, you can read them in the blogs posted here: Blog 1, Blog 2, Blog 3 and Blog 4.

Stress #9: Rushing in the Morning.

Are you the person who works best under pressure? The alarm blaring and you know that there is exactly 8.5 minutes from now until the time you must be leaving the house in order to arrive on time to work. Rushing in the morning creates a tremendous amount of stress on the body. The body shifts quickly from rest and digest to fight, flight and flee. It moves from relaxation to overdrive and sometimes it gets stuck in the wrong gear for the rest of the day.

Compound the stress of rushing to be on time, with the unpredictable stress of what the commute to work (via packed transit, slow moving traffic) will be. Starting the day off with anger, frustration, worry and stress sets us up for a day of playing catch up with little time to think. We make mistakes, poor decisions and move into a state of panic or anxiety at a much more rapid rate.

Giving yourself a tiny cushion of extra time (even just 15 minutes) can put the right foot forward and change your entire day.

Stress #10: Bowel Toxicity.

We can’t forget our routes of elimination as one of the greatest stressors on our body. You need to eliminate the waste from your body regularly, to ensure that it isn’t being reabsorbed into the body and reused. When your garbage can is overflowing in the kitchen and you have run out of food in the fridge, it sounds less then appetizing to grab something from the can and eat it – doesn’t it?

Every day we should excrete from our bowels an amount of poop that is equivalent to the length from our finger tip to our elbow. Some people get this out in one go, others pace themselves throughout the day. Ideally if we think of our body as one long line from the mouth to the anus, we can imagine as things go in, other things must go out to make room for it, so excreting three times a day, when we eat three times a day makes sense.

Getting rid of the body’s toxic sludge, stops it from being retained inside for a longer period of time. The longer it sits at the door waiting to leave, the more likely the body is to reabsorb toxins and recirculate them. Why would you want your waste recirculating! This recirculating requires the body to increase its stress and fight these bad guys all over again to get them on the next bus out of the body.

If constipation is your middle name – watch for our upcoming blog on tips to reduce constipation naturally.

Some of our 10 tips may have felt out of your control, others may have helped you to better understand your body and its functions. Try this week to select one of these stressors and reduce its impact on your life. Journal or track how you feel and what you can do to make this action more permanent in your life.

The more steps you take towards your own health improvement, the easier it becomes. Getting healthy may seem like an uphill battle but staying healthy once you’ve created a toolbox of healthy habits becomes a lot easier.

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Sources:

Evans, G. W., Wener, R. E., & Phillips, D. (2002). The morning rush hour predictability and commuter stress. Environment and behavior, 34(4), 521-530.

Sun, S. X., DiBonaventura, M., Purayidathil, F. W., Wagner, J. S., Dabbous, O., & Mody, R. (2011). Impact of chronic constipation on health-related quality of life, work productivity, and healthcare resource use: an analysis of the National Health and Wellness Survey. Digestive diseases and sciences, 56(9), 2688-2695.