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True Confessions of a Stress Junkie

by Madelaine Schaufel, Integrative RD Nutritionist

DID YOU KNOW that after nutrition, STRESS is one of the top culprits behind heart disease, high blood sugar, trouble losing weight, and fatigue (not to mention, depression and anxiety)?

We ALL experience sources of stress in our life. The KEY is how you respond. Are you doing things to let go and reset each day or you letting your stress consistently run in the background?

Did you know you can actually help rewire your body's natural response to stressors???? It takes only a few minutes a day of practice to make a HUGE difference. 

Ok, real confessions time. This post is written from the perspective of a recovering "stress junkie." I'm naturally very driven, go-go-go, and it is so much easier for me to ignore and push past something that I don't like feeling than taking a little time to recognize it, respect it, and resolve it.

Improving my response to STRESS was one of my top health goals for 2016, and I'm happy to tell you that I've made some major progress. Though I still have many (eh-hem, *most*) days that are less than perfect, I have noticed improved sleep, better focus and productivity, more energy, and really just enjoying each day more.

Interestingly, this has also been the healthiest winter that I can remember in terms of getting sick (and I feel like I have been surrounded by those with colds and coughs). Yes, stress is connected to our immune system as well. As a health professional, I of course am aware the research about stress, but it just so powerful to see it in your own life as well. 

Find a relaxation technique TODAY to start practicing that works for YOU:

Post what you have found works for you in the comments! I'll be posting some of my favorite things that I've tried on our facebook page - Facebook.com/TheBalanceDoc :)

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