Dr. Kellie's Top 5
Stress Management Tools
Rest, Digest & Heal
Most of us recognize that we don't feel our best when we are chronically stressed. But we don't always recognize that stress may be impacting more than just our mood for the day. Chronic stress can have long-lasting impacts on not only our emotional health, but also our mental and physical health. Stress is a significant contributor to many diseases because when we are under stress our body doesn't put energy into basic maintenance processes such as resting, digesting and healing. And what your body feels as stress isn't only what you may recognize as "feeling stressed out". Our body experiences stress from many other hidden factors, such as blood-sugar imbalances, sub-optimal nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and environmental toxins. For a quick explanation of the physiology behind stress and more details on how it impacts our health, watch the video below.
One of the most important benefits of a PRESH retreat is the removal or reduction of so many stressors. It's an opportunity to give your body a significant amount of time in parasympathetic mode - a state in which we can rest, digest and heal for days at a time. As amazing an opportunity as our retreats are, we can't stay there forever and nor would we want to! The goal is to return to our loved ones, obligations and commitments feeling rejuvenated, refueled and inspired. But being back home shouldn't mean that we don't continue to provide our bodies some time to relax on a daily basis. Indeed, getting into a daily parasympathetic practice is one of the most powerful things you can do for your health. And it doesn't have to take long - allocating just 15-minutes, or even less, each day to pause, breath and relax can have a profound impact on your mental and physical health. Below are Dr. Kellie's top 5 recommendations for incorporating parasympathetic breaks into a busy day.