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5 Simple Ways to Manage Stress

Uncategorized May 01, 2020

Eat Healthy

Believe it or not, stress levels and a proper diet are closely related. When we’re overwhelmed, we often forget to eat well and resort to using sugary, fatty snack foods as a pick-me-up.

Try to avoid sugary snacks by planning ahead. Fruits and vegetables are always a great choice.  Eating healthy has been shown to reduce the symptoms of stress.

Exercise

Exercise doesn't necessarily mean power lifting at the gym or training for a marathon. A short walk around the block or simply standing up to stretch during a break at work can offer immediate relief in a stressful situation.

Getting your blood moving releases endorphins and can improve your mood almost instantaneously. Get your body up and moving!

Sleep Well

Everyone knows stress can cause you to lose sleep. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is also a key cause of stress. This vicious cycle causes the brain and body to get out of whack and only gets worse with time.

Make sure to get the doctor-recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, dim the lights, and give yourself time to relax before going to bed. This may just be the most effective stress buster on our list!

Breathe Deep

The advice “take a deep breath” may seem like a cliché, but it holds true when it comes to stress. For 100s of years we have been conscious of deliberate breathing during meditation.

For an easy three- to five-minute exercise, check out YouTube for some quick easy to follow along breathing techniques.

While shallow breathing causes stress, deep breathing oxygenates your blood, helps center your body, and clears your mind.

Be mindful

Most of the tips we’ve suggested provide immediate relief, but there are also many lifestyle changes that can be more effective in the long run. The concept of “mindfulness” is a large part of meditative and somatic approaches to mental health and has become popular recently.

From yoga to meditation, these systems of mindfulness incorporate physical and mental exercises that prevent stress from becoming a problem. Try following a class on YouTube to increase your mindfulness.

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