Mind and Body


Pre class Homework


Reading:

            

Videos:

               Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

 

Action Plan: D


Post class NOTES & RECIPES


Today we talked about the impact of stress and techniques to bring us back to a rest and relax place from the common fight or flight response that we frequently trigger in our bodies.  

You might not consider stress a habit, but it actually is. On many levels how we experience stress is a choice. We choose a crazy lifestyle or we choose to react to it in a particular way.

The B vitamins are known as the anti-stress vitamins. Your body uses them like crazy when you are stressed out. Taking B complex vitamins can replenish what stress has depleted. Studies have shown that taking B vitamins can halt the progression of Alzheimer’s so it seems likely that lack of B vitamins could contribute to degenerative brain disease.

Stress also increases your need for vitamin C. Your body uses vitamin C to suppress formation of the stress hormone cortisol. It has been found that taking large doses of vitamin C can reduce your stress response considerably.

Minimize caffeine and sugar. Caffeine boosts adrenaline output and sugar puts your blood sugar level on a roller coaster ride. Neither of these states will help your stress level.

We also watched a Ted Talk about 10 Mindful Minutes by mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe, who describes the transformative benefits of refreshing your mind by starting with just 10 minutes a day. We can practice this technique through a daily meditation or by simply being mindful and experiencing the present moment in whatever we are doing. For guided meditations to help you get started, download the Headspace app for a free trial, including ten, 10-minute sessions. 

Links

Guided Meditation Apps: Headspace & Insight Timer are 2 great options. 

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