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April is Stress Awareness Month

Long-term stress can prove to be more than just a mental issue. From headaches to stomach disorders to depression – even very serious issues like stroke and heart disease can come as a result of stress.

When we are placed in a stressful situation, specific stress hormones rush into your bloodstream leading to an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. Elevated levels for extended periods of time can be dangerous.

Stress can have a significant impact on regulating blood sugar levels. When we experience stress, the body's "fight or flight" response is activated, leading to the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones trigger the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream, which can raise blood sugar levels.

Learning to cope with our stress and finding healthy ways to deal with these situations can go a long way in living a healthy and positive life.

WiseTribe coaches youth on how to build the skill of active relaxation. They explore how to make intentional use of our minds and thoughts as a way to reduce stress through a variety of modalities.

One of these is known as non-sleep deep rest or yoga nidra, a type of guided meditation. It is a favorite among youth; they experience a lot of relaxation from it. This deep relaxation technique works by activating your body's relaxation response, which counteracts the "fight or flight" response.

Science shows yoga nidra can reduce stress and anxiety, boost your Immune system, enhance mental clarity and focus, improve sleep and reduce chronic pain.

You should try it! Check out this 20-minute session.

We would love to hear about your experience. Send us an email!