Stress is a normal part of all of our lives. Sometimes it helps us get things done. But when it happens too often or for too long, it can have harmful effects on our bodies. It can give you head aches or other pain and even weaken your immune system. Being overly stressed may make it difficult to make good choices in our diet. Managing stress will help us manage our diets better.
There are many things you can do to manage stress.
Take a walk
This is refreshing for your body. You get some exercise as well as sunlight on your skin. Also, the movement is therapeutic and can help you think through things. A walk serves as a nice break when you are stressed out.
Pause to think, without doing anything else. Take deep breaths. Think about the questions:
What am I feeling?
Why am I feeling this way?
Is there anything I can do about it?
Chances are there are both factors that are in your control as well as factors out of your control. Learn to accept things that are out of your control and work on the things that are in your control. This is empowering.
Sometimes there are just so many things on our minds we get overwhelmed. Clean your living space. Make some lists. Write lists of things you need to get done. Prioritize which items need to get done first and which things can wait. Make a list of things that are weighing on your mind and stop thinking about them for a while. Come back to them when you are less overwhelmed.
Research shows that being grateful helps your health. At the end of each day write down three things you are grateful for. This helps you feel good about life and actually has a positive impact on your physical well-being.
Stretch, walk, jog, play your favorite sport, work in the garden. Any of these will help reduce stress. Tai Chi is really relaxing.
What are some things you do when you are stressed?