By: Debbie Lui
Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Nowadays, more and more attention goes to stress management and its impact on health as research and studies continue to show that chronic stress leads to illness, even death! It is important to know how to take a step back and relax in order to prevent prolonged stress from affecting our health.
Avoiding all stress is impossible since it can be caused by everything from work to family, even the foods we eat. But, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a harmful stress cycle! Below are a few tips to help you reduce stress + improve your overall wellness:
Exercise helps improve your mood by increasing the release of endorphins into the bloodstream. These don’t have to be all-out, high-intensity workouts though! Exercises such as yoga, Taichi or even walking helps to get those happy chemicals flowing².
A healthy and nutritious meal is important for managing stress and overall health. While that decadent donut may seem like a stress-relieving comfort food, the quick sugar + carbs actually place more stress on your body! Skip the quick fix + emphasize proper nutrition instead to fuel yourself properly and repair some of the damage stress causes to your body².
Know Your stressors
With so much happening on our day to day lives, it can be difficult to determine what exactly is causing you stress. Taking a moment to breathe and focus will help you find and acknowledge the root cause, as well as find ways to tackle it! Prevention is always a better way than cure³.
Doing What You Love
This one’s easy; you just feel less stressed when you’re doing something you enjoy! Find an interest and make time for it, even if it’s just a 15 minute walk, tucking away to read a good book, or getting crafty at home!
What is your favorite way to de-stress?
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By: Debbie Lui