Increased Cortisol Release
- Go for a run and download Craig Holiday's 90 Days to Excellence on my Ipod and get my personal development and release some stress by running.
- Take a bubble bath and indulge in a good book.
- SHOPPING- I'm a huge proponent of retail therapy! It's always my go to! Nothing feels better than some new Victorias Secret Underwear and comfy clothes!!! :)
- Chat with a good friend- you know them! You know those friends that you can call day or night and they will just instantly make you smile and feel better about yourself!!
- Wine- Now I'm not saying go out and get drunk. But a glass of wine and a warm cozy blanket can make anyone just melt away the stress.
- Sleep- for me when I'm having a bad day, hitting the hay a little earlier and doing some deep breathing before bed really settles me down for the night. I always wake up refreshed and ready to hit the ground running the next day!!!
Response to Stress
Under events of stress, adrenal responses in the body are triggered. This response is known as the fight or flight response. Glycogen in the liver and muscle tissue are activated for use as a quick energy source. This uptake of energy was highly efficient in caveman days, while under attack from a tiger for example. Cavemen simply used this surge of energy to either run away or fight. Modern man is wired in the same fashion; however the difference is stress sources that plague modern life generally do not require running away or fighting. According to a 2005 article from the University of New Mexico, this stress response can lead to loss of muscle mass, increased fat storage and impulses to overeat.
Metabolism and Stress