Dealing with Stress in Healthy Ways
Stress is unavoidable, especially in the times we live in – but it doesn’t mean it has to impact your health. By learning to deal with stress in healthy ways, you can live an easier life and attract positive things, people and experiences that will further alleviate any residual stress.
To combat stress in a truly healthy way, you need to tackle it in three ways: mentally, physically and nutritionally.
Focusing on your state of mind
Maintain a positive mental focus. Dwelling on negative conversations and interactions will only attract more negative experiences into your life. How will you ever have time to focus on the things that bring you joy if you spend your time focusing on things that cause you stress? Pay attention to how you feel rather than to every single thought that goes through your mind.
And ensure you get enough sleep. To help encourage your body to sleep, turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, you can spend that time doing something relaxing and enjoyable. You could try reading a good (but not overly engaging) book, talking with a partner or listening to relaxing music.
Focusing on your physical health
Intense physical activity is excellent for getting rid of stress for multiple reasons. When you exercise, your body releases hormones that help make you feel good and can even help you channel pent-up aggression.
Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week, but it doesn’t have to be all at once. Squeezing in just 10 minutes of exercise in the morning is enough to start your day with a mood-boosting, stress buster.¹
During these times, running, swimming and team sports can be especially beneficial.
Focusing on your nutritional health
The foods you eat can have a major impact on the way your body deals with stress. A diet filled with sugary drinks and junk foods will produce highs and lows in your blood sugar, which can lead to anxious, worrying energy followed by sluggish sadness. These accumulating emotions can cause stress which make you feel even worse than before.
Whereas, healthy diets can help counteract the negative effects of stress by boosting the immune system and reducing blood pressure.
A diet composed of healthy fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and enough healthy fats can give your body what it needs to maintain energy and mental focus – helping you to feel at your best.
When you are able to take care of yourself mentally, physically and nutritionally, it helps you to beat any stress and live a happy, healthy life.