As 2019 gets underway, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the many life tasks ahead. Worries begin to build up, doubts about ability creep in and panic often soon follows.
Not this year! It’s a new year and new you. Say goodbye to old habits and hello to a happy, healthier you.
The latest statistics show that over 2 million Australians suffer from anxiety disorder. This doesn’t include those suffering from generalised ‘angst’, which is anxiety without labeling it.
The good news is we have long advocated the reduction of stress levels through healthy eating and gentle exercise. Reinforcing these findings in a study completed in 2015, Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have newly identified how our cerebral cortex connects with our adrenal medulla through a complex network.
What does this mean?
The aspect these scientists were mostly interested in was the compartment of your brain that controls our posture and core body movement.
This study shows us that we can proactively reduce our level of stress hormone by staying active often and moving in different ways.
What can you do?
1. Start by taking 10 full, deep breaths – in through the nose and out through the mouth. Lower your shoulders and try to regulate your heartbeat.
2. Find a quiet and calm place to do a series of isolated muscle relaxation movements. Begin at your head and work down through your body until you have tensed and released each muscle group.
3. Try a core or control-based movement such as stretching, pilates or yoga.
If you find yourself in a state of panic or suffering from a constant headache, try to find a quiet place to lie down and alternate a cold and hot pack over your brow, 5 minutes apart.