We all are overwhelmed by our busy lives. In order to manage stress we must find ways to effectively reduce the impact high levels of stress has on our health. To buffer the negative health consequences. The best way to manage severe stress is to prevent it, or catch it while it’s still a ‘low-grade’ stress and prevent it from becoming severe and chronic. Here are some ways to prevent the devastating effects of un-managed stress.
Relax -It’s important to learn to relax your mind and body. Some ways to do this include meditation, prayer, music, laughter, and having a creative outlet.
Be in tune to your body - Do you know that stress can cause and can exacerbate ulcers, heart disease and other major health problems ? Early on the body will experience milder forms of discomfort, such as headaches, stomach upset and trouble sleeping. If you are experiencing any of these early warning signs, start
practicing your tension taming
techniques and put a stop to low-grade chronic stress before it becomes a bigger problem.
Physical Activity - Walking, even a short walk can improve mood and reduce feelings of stress by increasing endorphins, and by lowering cortisol levels. Here are some of the best ways to reduce stress with exercise1. Practicing martial arts, jogging, lifting weights, dancing. Really, anything you enjoy that gets your heart rate up and gets you out of the house.
Eating Clean - A healthy diet gives the energy to handle daily stress, and keeps the blood sugar levels stable, limiting depression and mood swings due to low blood sugar levels. Skipping meals or making poor food choices contributes to fatigue, susceptibility to illness, greater feelings of stress, and a general feeling of infirmity.
Learn to say no - Being overscheduled and rushed can be a significant cause of stress. Prioritizing commitments and saying no to some tasks can help you be more successful with what is really important. Saying no will provide extra time for additional stress management activities.
A strong support system - Having a supportive social network helps you stay healthy and reduce stress in many ways. Friends can provide resources that you may need when you’re in a bind, or a listening ear to help you feel accepted and understood. Studies show that having a sense of belonging can reduce your risk of depression. Having a friend who makes you laugh can also keep you healthier and less stressed.