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Work, relationships, school—anything can add stress to an already busy day. Studies show that stress contributes to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as anxiety and depression. Each day brings something new so it’s essential that you learn to manage stress to lead a healthier life. Here are eight stress management tips that can help.
Exercise relaxes you and boosts your mood. The key is to do it regularly throughout the week and be sure to work up a sweat. Get your heart rate up with exercises such as quick walks, jogging, or swimming.
You’ll feel better when you eat a balanced diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Add lean protein for energy and don’t even think about skipping a meal, which can drag you down and add even more stress.
For an instant lift, practice deep-breathing exercises. Get comfortable, shut your eyes, and conjure images of yourself in a garden or another calming environment. Breathe deeply and slowly for several minutes—you’ll feel refreshed.
If you are troubled, talk to a friend, family member, or church leader. Getting worries off your chest is a relief, but don’t hesitate to speak to a therapist or doctor who can offer guidance if needed.
Make time for things you enjoy, whether that’s knitting, painting, or playing a round of golf. Try to build periods into each day for a pursuit that relaxes you, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
Tap into the power of friendship to make any day better. Spending time with people you like and who like you is an excellent way to relax. Friends offer support, comfort, and a laugh when you need it.
There are times in every job when you’ll need to put in some extra hours, but don’t make it a habit. All work and no play is a stressful way to live and not fair to you or your family.
You may think cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine in the form of coffee or high sugar based energy drinks help you get through the day. Stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine add stress, and alcohol is a depressant. Avoiding them is a healthy step in lowering stress.
Showing you how to manage stress is one way that O’NA HealthCare can help you live happier and healthier. We are a different kind of healthcare coverage provider, one that offers options for holistic and traditional care while keeping costs low. Learn more about how we do business.