It’s easy to reach for junk food to cope with stress, but heavily processed, fat or sugar filled foods may not be appropriate mood-boosters, as some research suggests they can impact the body’s management of stress and emotional well-being.
Physical exertion boosts adrenaline and cortisol production, and then brings levels back down. This cycle trains your body to better cope with stress, because the next time those hormones rise, you’re primed to bring them back down quickly.
Meditation, focus and awareness have been shown to help train your brain and body to shut off stress responses and support healthy cortisol levels. A simple daily practice can merely mean setting aside a couple of minutes to close your eyes, empty your mind and focus on your breathing.
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