Life is out of our control and can often cause us unnecessary stress. Stress can be overwhelming and even unpredictable at times, but be sure to take the proper steps to manage your stress. Because stress effects everyone differently, there is no one answer to stress management. Use these tips to take control of your stress and practice healthy ways to manage stress. -All American Healthcare
1. Eat Healthy and Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine
It’s easy to fall into a habit of eating fatty, salty snacks, but these ingredients may actually be making your body susceptible to stress. When we do not give our bodies the proper nutrients it needs, we find ourselves feeling fatigued and achey. You especially need to concentrate on what you are eating during periods of stress.
Avoid or reduce consumption of nicotine and drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. These three items are all stimulants and will increase your stress level rather than reduce it. Instead, trying drinking water, herbal teas or sugar free juices to keep your body hydrated. This also goes for sugary foods. Stick to fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
2. Relax and Sleep
Lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. When you do not get enough rest and sleep your body does not have enough time to recover and return to a balanced state. Taking time out of your day to relax will allow your thoughts to slow down and put your mind in perspective. Focus on your breath and the environment around you. Tune out additional distractions and let your body balance itself out.
You should also practice these techniques before going to bed at night. Don’t use technology right before going to sleep or any other device that will stimulate your brain. Create a peaceful, dimly lit environment that will allow your body to naturally fall into a state of rest.
Exercising releases endorphins in your brain which stimulates happiness; in turn, exercise can also reduce depression and lower levels of cortisol in your body. When your workout is done, you body has the opportunity to restore itself and return to a calmer, more relaxed state of mind.
4. Talk to Someone
Sometimes the simple act of talking to someone can lift a burden from our shoulders. This also opens up opportunities to gain opinions and see your stress with a new perspective. Talking with others also allows you to release emotion. Our brain and emotions are interconnected; therefore, when we express an emotion we often believe it.
Has anyone every told you to smile while you were feeling down? This is because our facial expressions are interconnected with our brains as well! When you smile, you can convince your brain that you are happy and this in turn will leave you feeling better.
5. Spend Time With People You Love and Human Touch
Spending time with people you love naturally puts your mind at ease. Use this time to relax, put away your problems, and simple enjoy the present moment. Additionally, never underestimate the power of a human touch. This can be a hug or kiss from a loved one or even a deep massage from a chiropractor! Studies show that massages and adjustments help relieve stress and reduce anxiety and depression.
“Virginia Satir, a famous American psychotherapist once said that people need 4 hugs a day to help prevent depression, 8 for psychological stability, and 12 for growth.- ACA”
Don’t let your stress control you. Use the tips above to manage your stress levels and keep your body healthy.