Yesterday, April 16th, was National Stress Awareness Day. This day is meant to focus on how stress affects our lives and what we can do to reduce our everyday stress. Stress is a normal part of life, but it can be excessive and lead to both mental and physical problems.
10 Health Problems Related to Stress:
- Heart disease
- Depression and anxiety
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Alzheimers disease
- Accelerated aging
- Premature death
Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems. Here are some simple, effective steps we can take to help reduce our stress.
5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Life:
Get a Good Night's Sleep — The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep each night. However, most adults (72%) only get around 5 hours each night. Insomnia caused by stress only causes more stress.
Eat Right — Avoid foods that are high salt and saturated fat. Aim for more vegetables, lean meats, healthier carbohydrates, and low-fat dairy.
Exercise regularly — Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin which cause calmness. Plus a good workout is a great way to relieve some stress!
Focus on the Positive — Try not to focus on the "should-have, would-have, or could-have." Positive people tend to experience stress less often. Positive thinking reinforces your actions.
Organize your Space — Clutter and disorganization can lead to stress. Brighten up your space by opening a window or shades. Organize papers in a file organizer. A clean, organized space is a more productive space which leads to less stress.