It’s been a full summer! This summer has been a full one! I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many of you so far this summer, I’ve spent a ton of time in my garden working, harvesting, weeding and the like, and I’ve been prepping myself and my home for my son’s wedding this September!

Even though weddings are such a joyous occasion, they can cause stress.  It’s a normal response to having so many of your friends and family around.  The pressure to make everyone feel at home, provide an enjoyable experience, as well as fit in some time to relax and just have some downtime with those closest to you can feel a little taxing.

Let us not forget that our brain and our gut are uniquely related. This excerpt from a Harvard Health article reminds us:
 “The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a “gut-wrenching” experience? Do certain situations make you “feel nauseous”? Have you ever felt “butterflies” in your stomach? We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut. The brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines. For example, the very thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected. This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such functional GI disorders, it is difficult to try to heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotion.”Below you’ll find some helpful reminders for keeping your head calm which in turn will keep your gut healthy and happy.  These reminders are as much for you as they are for me! We are all on this journey together!
Tips for Reducing Stress
Here are a few tips to reduce stress:
Keep a positive attitude.
Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
Be assertive instead of aggressive.
Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
Exercise regularly.
Your body can fight stress better when it is fit.
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Learn to manage your time more effectively.
Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
Make time for hobbies and interests.
Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress. Drugs and alcohol can stress your body even more.
Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.

Tips are from this article.