In our everyday lives, we are bombarded with stressful situations, decisions to make, and constant flux of information and noise. One of the most important things is figuring out how to shut off the sources of stress, and to relax. We all have different ways of beating stress, and it is important to find the best way that works for YOU.
As I said, we all have different ways of fighting stress…some people do this…
or maybe even this…
Whatever your method may be, finding the best way to fight stress is essential in finding balance and staying calm even in a world of chaos.
Why is it important?
Stress not only adds to our mental unsettled-ness, but is also linked to many chronic diseases. Stress at different levels can help contribute to making poor food and activity decisions that over time can help contribute to opportunity for chronic disease. When your body is under stress, a hormone called adrenaline is released that causes your blood pressure to rise, your heart to beat faster– and generally puts your body in a state of stress.
According to the American Heart Association, being under constant stress can also impair the function of your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick; adding to more stress!
SO, what are some healthy habits that can help to fight stress?
They American Heart Association makes healthy habit suggestions for fighting stress, these include:
–Talking with family and friends
–Engaging in physical activity
–Accepting the things you cannot change
–Giving up bad habits- this includes things like self- criticism,
–Getting enough sleep
–and finally, slowing down– this is so important. Take a deep breath, quiet your mind, and think. Clear thinking will help you to move forward and make the best decisions.
“So Healthy Gal, what do you do to fight stress?”
Even though I am learning every day how important beating stress is, I am human and it is hard for me as well. But, here is what I often find myself doing to beat stress:
Playing with Healthy Dog
and lately, reading a book:
The purpose of this post is to make you more mindful about your time with yourself, your needs, and your stress. Take time to yourself, and take a deep breath.