Stress slows healing by blocking the delivery of nutrients throughout the body. Elevated levels of cortisol can increase depression, obesity, insomnia, heart disease and digestive problems. So if you are recovering from an accident and are experiencing excessive stress then here are some ways to decompress and rid your body of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Exercise – Go for a walk though nature, do yoga or play a sport. Exercise helps circulate nutrients in your body and reduces levels of cortisol. Cortisol’s purpose is to promote the release of glucose, your body’s source of fuel.
Meditate – Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Slowing your breathing will also slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Be present, not thinking about the future nor the past. Set aside a time for yourself when you can truly relax because there is nowhere that you have to be and nothing that you need to do.
Eat Healthy – Fast foods with high concentrations of grease and sugar can make you feel lethargic and take your energy levels on a rollercoaster ride. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to give your body the right kind of energy.
Get Enough Sleep – A good night’s sleep allows the body and mind to recharge. When you are tired you experience more stress than when you are refreshed and full of energy.
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