From Dr. Libby Weaver
When you feel like you have a one-way ticket on the stress express, it’s not uncommon to be drawn to high intensity exercise in an effort to “sweat it out.” While that most definitely works for some people, it might not work for you, plus long term, high intensity exercise can drive processes inside of us that drive oxidation and inflammation; essentially the way we age fro the inside out. When you have been in a constant state of stress you tend to neglect or even avoid calming activities. Consider enrolling in a meditation course and committing to do so with a friend, or go to a restorative yoga class. Incorporate a breath-focused practice in your life, whether that is mediation, yoga, tai chi, Pilates or even just 10-15 minutes everyday where you focus on slow, belly breathing. This is one of the best ways to switch off your stress response. This isn’t being indulgent – it’s incredibly necessary for your health. If you feel like canceling on plans, snuggling up on the couch and reading a book, do it! Far too often we ignore our own intuition about what we need in each moment. Make a conscious effort to tune into and act on this.