Manage Your Stress and Improve Your Health!
Everyone at some point in their life shows signs of stress. There are many things that can cause stress- work, school, money, love, family, friends, or just day to day activities
Stress can make you want to rip your hair out! But did you know that chronic stress can negatively affect your health? It is very important to manage the stress in your life.
Stress can cause many health problems including:
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment
Sometimes you can’t help stressful events that may sporadically happen in your life. However, some people are genetically more inclined to handle stress better than others. Your life situation may also be more stressful than others and you might not even be able to change your current situation. Regardless, you should learn how to manage your stress, daily or long-term.
Making a conscious effort to address your stress or initiate new routines or techniques to reduce the stress in your life. Only you can make the change!
Tips on Managing Stress:
- Eating healthy. A balanced diet and eating routinely at the same time everyday will give you energy and balance you need to take on a stressful day.
- Exercising regularly. At least 30 minutes at least five times a week. If you aren’t into rigorous activity, a brisk walk still counts!
- Getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Try to stay on a routine. Give yourself a bedtime.
- Practicing relaxation or stretching techniques, such as meditation or yoga. Join a class or just do it in the comfort of your home.
- Fostering healthy friendships. Consider removing or addressing the stressful relationships you have in your life. The last thing you need is to take on other people’s stress.
- Laughing. Go see a funny movie or have a night out with good friends! Be easy to find the humor in small things.
- You time. You always need (and deserve!) time alone to catch up on yourself. Do a hobby or just relax and sit in quiet harmony.
- Seek guidance. Maybe you have a family member or friend who is a good confidant. Even consider a therapist or guidance counselor, you’d be surprised how you feel when you ask for help!
Douglas T. Mehaffie, M.D.