Allowing stress to reign will impact the brain and the body, negatively. Problems may not manifest immediately yet untamed stress can exacerbate or bring about disease. Neuroscientist, researchers, and others have shown that 75 - 80% of chronic illnesses (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain and fatigue, autoimmune disorders, obesity, cellular aging) are caused by stress.
Managing stress supports better life outcomes. In addition to appropriate medical care, working with a professional, such as a health coach or mental health clinician, can do wonders for overall mental and physical wellness. I believe everyone should participate in activities that promote optimal health.
The NRG-Coaching Alphabet of Healthy Lifestyle Practices is something I created to encourage thoughts and actions that promote wellness practices. Please keep in mind that I am not a medical doctor. As always check with your physician as you deem necessary.
Appropriate Medical and Dental Care
Breathing Practices - that focus on following the breath, help to calm the brain
Calming Practices - when negative feelings do arise, having ways to calm quickly should be in your tool kit
Diet - being aware of food intake, nutrition, and making healthy choices.
Exercise - exercise, exercise, exercise.
Family and Friends - surrounding yourself with healthy and loving relationships.
Gratitude - an attitude of gratitude. (God - faith in God is also my G)
Humor - laughter truly is the best medicine.
Intellectual Stimulation - the brain loves to learn. People who are lifelong learners tend to be healthier.
Journaling - putting challenging thoughts on paper helps to clear the mind.
Kindness - acts of kindness helps others and helps you.
LOVE - Love surrounds you. Embrace it.
Meditation - The literature abounds on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation practices.
Nature - Get outdoors for change, fresh air, and to take in Vitamin D
Open-Mind- open minds tend to consider the opinions of others, seek solutions and live happier.
Purpose and Passions -people with a sense of purpose tend to live more fulfilling and longer lives!
Quality Environment -pay attention to not only the people in your surroundings but also toxins.
Restorative Sleep, Rest and Relaxation
Safety - not only a safe environment but feeling safety in relationships supports optimal health.
Talk - talking with a friend and/or a clinical social worker/counselor/psychologist.
Visualization - create your vision for your best life, now!
Water - drink plenty of water.
SeX - a loving, monogamous, healthy sex life promotes wellness.
Yoga - I recently learned that Yawning is also great for the brain. If you want the resource on this, let me know.
This is the list. I can expand on any of these items and have resources.
Peace and blessings,