Are you feeling stressed out? Long-term, chronic stress may cause health problems like depression, obesity, and high blood pressure. It can come from work, financial problems, or family issues.
If you regularly feel that you have a lack of energy, lack of focus, feelings of no control, headaches, back pain, or a short temper, these may be signs of chronic stress.
Yet, even if you can’t change your family situation, work issues, or financial instability, there are things you can still do to reduce your stress and take back your life.
Here are five simple stress-busting steps –
1. Start with eating right
Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and reduce your stress. Look for multi-grain foods, and eat more veggies and fruits with your meals. Also, foods with high Vitamin C are stress busters.
What you don’t want to do is try to resolve stress with caffeine or lots of sugar because that may cause a surge of energy at first but then your energy will likely drop soon thereafter. And then, you could end up feeling more tired or stressed out than you did before.
2. Connect with others
This tip is especially important for women because research shows that when women problem solve by connecting with others and sharing, they feel better.
Look for people to share with who also promote light humor, as humor also reduces your stress and lessens the tension on your heart. Laughing is a type of shock absorber that can also lower blood pressure and improve your immune system.
3. Set limits on your time
Don’t be afraid to say no to requests. In this fast-moving society, it’s easy to get caught up in way too much to do. For parents of two-income households, this is especially the case. There’s barely enough time to feed the family dinner before it’s time for bed. So, be careful what you say “yes” to so that you have relaxation time for you and your family.
4. Get enough sleep
Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re getting less, you’re going to be sleep deficient and this can increase your stress because your body doesn’t have enough time to relax and reset.
If you are having trouble falling asleep at night, you might try a nighttime melatonin supplement to help you regulate your sleep cycle.
5. Get physical exercise
Regular cardiovascular exercise is one of the best things you can do to reduce your stress. If you can do it outdoors in the sunshine and around green-scape, even better. This is because the sunshine helps to boost your mood and energy, and the actual color of green calms you.
By doing these simple steps you can help to alleviate chronic stress and, perhaps, have a clearer head and more energy to tackle everyday life. Good health!
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