Stress and Health


 
 

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We all know what it feels like to be overwhelmed by the busy lives we live. In order to manage stress we must find ways to effectively reduce the impact high levels of stress has on our health, to buffer the negative health consequences. The best way to manage severe stress is to prevent it, or catch it while it’s still a ‘low-grade’ stress and prevent it from becoming severe and chronic. Here are some ways to prevent the devastating effects of un-managed stress.

Learn to relax

Some ways to do this include meditation, prayer, music, laughter, and having a cre- ative outlet, such as painting, crafts, or even piano. Be in tune to your body

Do you know that stress can cause and can exacerbate ulcers, heart disease and many other major health problems? Early on, the body will experience milder forms of discomfort, such as headaches, stomach upset and trouble sleeping. If you are experiencing any of these early warning signs, start practicing your new relaxation techniques and put a stop to low-grade chronic stress before it becomes a serious problem. Physical Activity

Walking, even a short walk can improve mood and reduce feelings of stress by increasing endorphins, and by lowering cortisol levels. Learning one of the martial arts, jogging, lifting weights, or just dancing, or really, anything you enjoy that gets your heart rate up and gets you out of the house.

Eating the right things

A healthy diet provides the energy to handle daily stress, and the keeps blood sugar levels stable so we don’t fall prey to depression or experience mood swings due to low blood sugar levels.

Let the games begin

Playing games, reading, watching movies and comedies on TV can also help you get your mind off what’s stressing you and onto something more enjoyable. Sometimes this is just the break you need to stop obsessing over problems, and allow your body and mind to enter a relaxed state. When you come back to your stressors, they may not have the same powerful grip on you.

Be Positive, Get Started

Creating a plan of action, and working it into your daily routine can go a long way toward reducing stress in your life and leaving you healthier and happier. Take baby steps at first, and reward yourself for the progress you make, and in no time, these new practices will become habit, and the stressfulness you’ve felt will fade into a distant memory. All you will notice is that life is good and you are so happy.

If you have any comments or questions about health issues we’ve covered in this column, or an issue you’d like addressed, please call or write to:

Carolyn Guilford and learn

‘Nutrition for Life’

www.HealthRestoration101.com P.O. Box 2814, Savannah, GA

31402 912) 236-8987

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