Simply put: Stress interferes with the performance of our adrenal glands.
The result of excess stress is fatigue, reduced ability to handle said stress well, and a decline in your hormones. Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common and widely missed threats to our health today. Low-impact, stress-reducing exercises include tai chi, sitting mindfully in silence and stillness (some call it meditation), and breathing exercises. Research also shows moderate exercise like walking increases testosterone production. It’s a myth that watching TV relaxes you. You actually have to do something in order to relax. You need to turn on the “relaxation response.” These exercises are ways to do that.
Here are some suggestions for turning on your relaxation response:
- Tai Chi
- Meditation or Breathing Exercises (You can find my favorite meditation tool here)
- Journaling or Reading in a quiet place
- Getting creative with music or art
- Walking or other moderate exercise
Do you have any stress relieving techniques that work well? I’d love to hear them in the comments below, please share!