5 Ways To De-Stress

I think we could all use a little less stress in our modern day lives, especially with how things are currently unfolding in the world. Biologically speaking, our gastrointestinal tracts contain about 100 trillion bacterial organisms that makes up each of our unique microbiomes and stress can cause an imbalance to their levels.

I want to do whatever I can to help maintain my gut health but even more so in these stressful times. That is why, every morning I reach for Bio-Kult. I have used them for over a year now and I know the difference I feel in my body is because of the digestive and immune system supplement I take.

But I have also been finding the best ways to combat stress recently so I wanted to give you 5 of my top tips on how I like to de-stress…

RAISE YOUR HEART RATE

I love to move in stressful times. Raising that heart rate floods the body with all those wonderful endorphins that leave you feeling euphoric because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that helps to lower discomfort. Walking just 10 minutes in the fresh air is enough to get the blood pumping and help clear the mind. I try to do this as my first act of every day, that way I know I’ve started off my day in a positive way.

Great resources to enjoy from the comfort of your own home:

Lilly Sabri

Bradley Simmonds

Alice Liveing

Carly Rowena

FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET

I am very happy that adult colouring books have become a hugely popular genre, it means there is an incredible range of beautifully designed books to choose from. I find that less than 10 minutes of focusing on colouring in an intricately drawn page can calm me. Once I’ve stopped I realise I have concentrated so hard on what I was doing that my mind was unable to race about what I had previously been so stressed over. This is why it is a really nice way to ease in meditation if you are struggling with the concept.

My favourite books/authors:

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

Emma Farrarons

Millie Marotta

MEDITATION

I know a lot of people struggle with the idea of meditation. It can feel very unnatural at first, especially for those with busy minds. I really wrestled with it at first. Like I said before, simple creative hobbies can be a good starting point for meditation. With my colouring I find it is equal parts mindless and mindful. I don’t have to think hard to do it but I have to concentrate just enough that my mind doesn’t wander to other things that might be causing me stress.

App/People/Resources I found helpful:

Calm App

Jay Shetty

Headspace App

JOURNALING

Writing down your thoughts can be incredibly cathartic. It really helps me to sort through emotions that stuck in my head might have taken a lot longer to untangle. I find journalling is also a great way to see progression in your life and your mind as it gives you a chance to look back on worse days and see the personal advances you’ve made.  It also gave me a great reason to buy some beautiful stationary which I am a total sucker for!

My favourite journals/planners/notebooks:

The Happiness Planner

Paperchase

The Positive Planner

Papier

EAT WELL

Stress is hard on the body so making sure that you are eating everything full of macro and micronutrients that is not only going to fuel your body but supply it with everything it needs to function optimally. I love meal prepping, it means I always have healthy, delicious food to reach for. If I’m hungry and can’t be bothered to make anything or I am too stressed to deal with hours in the kitchen, I am not reaching for fast food or something high in refined sugar, I know there is plenty in my fridge that is going to fuel me up and nourish my body!

I am also making sure to hit the goal of 30g of fibre everyday and consume prebiotic fibre which is the non-digestible parts of foods like; bananas, onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus. Prebiotic fibre goes through the small intestine undigested and is fermented in the colon. The fermentation process feeds the good bacteria in your microbiome which can actually decrease the risk of certain diseases.

WHY TAKE BIO-KULT?

Recently I have been using specifically their Boosted supplements as it has 4 times the power of their Advanced range. Bio-Kult Boosted is a unique multi-strain live bacteria supplement that also contains vitamin B12 to support the immune system as well as helping the digestive system.

I love that you don’t need to refrigerate the supplement [unlike most brands] so it makes for the best travel companion and is suitable for children and pregnant women [please consult your doctor before taking any food supplements].

*this post is kindly sponsored by Bio-Kult. As always, I only collaborate with brands that I use and love every day.*

Until next time,

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