Are you ready for a break from stress – Part 2

Ok so yesterday we were talking about stress, anxiety and our brain.  I ended with asking you what you could do to give your brain support to help handle stress or anxiety.

Here it is…you can feed it.

Truly…. if you are feeling stressed or anxious, you can help your brain and body out by eating.

Here’s an example of how food can change the way you feel.

Have you ever been so busy that you were having a hard time focusing?

So, you stopped and got a cup of coffee and added in a cookie for comfort.  What happens?  You feel all jittery and wired.  That’s an example of how food can change how you feel.

Now look, I’m not saying coffee is bad.  However, when you are feeling stressed or anxious…?

Consider this, one of the things rarely mentioned about caffeine is that it is, in fact, a drug. It’s the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world, which is probably why we don’t think about it as a drug.

Caffeine also excites our brain cells, which tells our hormone control center the pituitary gland that there’s an emergency. The pituitary tells the adrenal glands to flood the body with adrenaline.  If we are already stressed or anxious, we are already pumping adrenaline.  Adding caffeine and sugar causes us to make excess adrenaline which in turn can make us feel jittery, irritable, more anxious and more emotionally-charged.

If you want to be able to deal with your stress or busyness better, more from a place of power and control, change the way you feed yourself.

I am by no means a stress-free human.  I recently I have been feeling stressed about a presentation I’m going to make (click here if you live locally and would like to attend).  We also had a bunch of stuff in our house go kaput all at once. Four big things needed repairs or replacement (it came in fours instead of threes).  Is this the time for me to drink extra coffee and comfort myself with sugar?  Heck no! The last thing I want is to feel more anxious and bloated!

Tomorrow I’ll go over some very simple ways you can support your brain and body in a positive way.  Stay tuned.