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A Healthier Way To Live Life Stress; How Eliminating Stress Can Improve Your Life June 24, 2018June 25, 2018 Stress can be hard to manage. The overwhelming feeling of something might go wrong takes over and suddenly you are uneasy and cannot stop overthinking. It happens to the best of us. For those of us […]

A Healthier Way To Live Life

Stress; How Eliminating Stress Can Improve Your Life

Stress can be hard to manage. The overwhelming feeling of something might go wrong takes over and suddenly you are uneasy and cannot stop overthinking. It happens to the best of us. For those of us that go through random stress cycles in our regular, everyday lives, there are ways to help manage it.

• Sleep Better
Sleeping is just as important as eating and exercising for your health. Our brains do not function properly when sleep deprived, so a full night of sleep is definitely needed. Stress can affect your sleep schedule. You can take a hot bath in dim lighting, stretch and make sure your electronics are off and tucked away before going to bed. A couple of simple stretches will also help relax your joints and muscles for a more comfortable snooze. If you have chronic sleep issues, ignoring them won’t make them disappear, instead, they will get worse.

• Meditate
Simply just sit and focus on keeping a positive outlook. Close your eyes and think ‘’I feel at peace’’ ‘’Things are going to be fine’’ ‘’I can get through this’’ while breathing in from your nose and out from your mouth. Daily meditation has scientifically proven to help reduce stress as it alters your brains neural pathways, making you feel more at peace and less at war with yourself.

• Reach Out
Ask for help. Asking for help sometimes worries some of us because we don’t know the response we will get or worried about looking a certain way to someone. Think about it this way, if someone asked you to help them with something they were worried about, you are probably likely to help them without feeling in any bad way. We all need help sometimes, it is okay to reach out and ask for some guidance on whatever we are doing. Help thy neighbor, right? Getting help and socializing while doing so can help reduce your stress levels, helping you to feel more in control.

• Understand How Useless Stress is
Stress, while unavoidable sometimes, is manageable. Understanding that problems don’t get solved because you are stressed, and they only go away by finding the right solution to them will help reduce stress and help you focus on finding a solution instead. Sometimes we get stressed about things that are out of our control, a common problem. Meditating and focusing on positivity and just hoping the best can put you in a positive mindset and keep you stress-free a little longer.

It is okay to be stressed once in a while. However, if you feel crippled by stress and it is affecting your mental health and/or physical health or everyday life, please contact a mental health professional for help. Otherwise, follow these steps for a less stressful life and learn how to get in touch with yourself and take control.

How to Live a Healthier Life

As important as being healthy is, sometimes it gets hard to keep up with it. The regular, high tempo of life gets us through every day, but do you ask yourself if you actually live a healthy life? Fast foods, carbonated drinks, the undeniable amounts of sugar in everything and having to work long hours may throw us off the track to living a long, healthy life. There are simple steps you can follow and fit into your daily life even if you have a hectic schedule. Remember that a healthy lifestyle is a long-term commitment rather than a once a month thing and these small changes when maintained, will assure you a healthier, more energetic tomorrow. Let’s look at some things you can do to live a little healthier.

• Get Movin’
Are you waking up, getting into your car, driving to the office, doing work and then driving back home to rest and sleep every day? Are you too tired to do anything physical after a full day at work? Totally understandable. When our brains are tired and overworked, we tend to feel our energy levels drop physically too. However, keeping active is very important for muscle, bone health as well as being important for your mental and overall health. If you can, go sign up to a gym and try to attend at least 2 days out of the week for 30+ minute exercise. This can be as little as Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. If you don’t have time for the gym, do 50 jumping jacks, 50 squats, 50 push ups and 50 crunches everyday after waking up or going to sleep (or both) to get your physical activity levels higher.

• Eat Better
Better does not necessarily mean less or even just healthy foods. It is completely okay to eat pizza or a burger once in a while. What is important is that you have a healthy relationship with food which means you understand that food is just nutrition and not an emotional support system for your problems. Enjoy a healthier breakfast and lunch if you are going out for dinner or enjoy a healthy breakfast and dinner if your lunch was on the heavier side. It is all about balance when it comes to food. Not restraining. Award yourself with a carb-heavy dinner if you have been eating healthier lately. You can enjoy your food without any guilt if you have been keeping a track of what you have eaten and realize how your eating habits need to change. Keeping a track of your eating habits will also eliminate the chances of you binging on unhealthy foods later on.

• More Water, Less Soda
Most carbonated drinks are filled with ridiculous amounts of sugar. Did you know that just one small can of coke has 10 sugar cubes worth of sugar in it? And even if you say you drink diet sodas, the chemicals, sweeteners and other unhealthy substances are still present in those drinks as well. Our bodies need about 3-4 liters (about 1 gallon) of water a day in order to clean out the toxins in our bodies. Carbonated drinks don’t fulfill this need since the water has other ingredients in it. Make sure to drink up to 9 glasses of water a day, even if you don’t cut off the soda entirely. But it is highly recommended. You can substitute the soda with fresh fruit juices but please be aware, you will still need water and there is still a lot of sugar in fruits as well.

Follow these steps for a simply healthier life. Check out our blog post about Eliminating and Managing stress to get more tips on a healthier lifestyle and contact us if you have any questions or inquiries about switching to a healthier lifestyle.