Friday, May 31, 2013

Ease Your Stress

Importance of reducing and preventing stress:
Most people do not realize they are stressed.  They mindlessly follow a routine and are used to a hectic schedule.  
  • Stress can suppress your immune system, reducing your body's ability to fight infections and maintain vital functions.  
  • Stress can also make you more irritable, depressed, anxious, and hinder your memory.  
  • Chronic stress can lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular issues, irritable bowel, cancer, stroke, and other diseases.
Tips to ease stress:
  • Make time for yourself.  Prioritize your day and your personal values.
  • Take a vacation!  Break your daily (boring) routine.  Getting away from work can allow creativity and excitement.  However, try not to get stressed with vacations; try not to overwhelm your trip with activities, but instead focus on leisure and pleasure. 
  • Live in the moment.  Enjoy the present. Try not to worry about the past and future.
  • Exercise regularly.  Is your body tense throughout the day?  Shrug your shoulders, sit/stand up tall to stretch out, go for a walk, attend a exercise class, try yoga.
  • Allow time for yourself.  Quietly breathe or meditate for 5 minutes.
  • Recognize how you feel throughout the day.  Take a moment to focus on your breathing: slow, deep breaths can help you relax and refocus your mind.  
  • Conscious eating habits.  Some people overeat when stressed while others lose their appetites.  Often comfort foods are high in calories and low in nutrients.  Be mindful and choose healthy foods to optimize your health.
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Hiking in Switzerland
Vacations can be active and relaxing!