Nutrition Series: Health Under Fire
This article is dedicated to all of us, especially, those who have been suffering whether emotionally or physically.
Successfully working towards and maintaining good health demands time, effort and a commitment to living positively. There are certain basics that provide us with a feeling of emotional and physical wellbeing.
How does one cope with the fear and stress sitting in bomb shelters that lack fresh air where the space feels cramped?
While you can’t control what is happening outside you can activate your body’s natural relaxation response to effectively combat stress and tension. The relaxation response puts the brakes on this fear position and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium. Here are a few techniques intended to set this relaxation in motion. The first is simply to breathe mindfully counting for a few seconds as you inhale and exhale with control. Focus on feeling your heart rate slowing down in response to this exercise. Singing is another tension buster. It absorbs the attention while distracting oneself from difficult situations and emotions.
Move as best you can to deal with the cramped space. Jog, step on the spot or if you must sit, raise your arms, shoulders and legs gently rolling your head in circles as you stretch out any cramped muscles.
Many food items have properties that can help deal with stressful situations. These include pistachios a nut known for reducing anxiety, almonds and whole grains rich with magnesium proven to ward off depression and panic attacks, cashews the Happy Nut and carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta, potatoes or rice which help the body produce cortisol, the stress reducing hormone.
And finally, find relief by sharing stories where your imagination can lead you to endless possibilities where good triumphs. For that is our belief.
As we learn from Rabbi Akiva Tatz in his book, Living Inspired, “All we can do is maintain that every event in our life as a people is an essential element in the building of our final happiness.”
And remember you can choose your best life one step at a time.
Nili Abrahams, Certified Holistic Health Coach at ChooseLifeNutrition, integrating Health and Wellness with Torah’s Wisdom.