Since April marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month, we would like all of our readers to take a deep breath and RELAX. There is no denying it that stress is an inevitable part of life.
Even the smallest amount of stress can take a toll on the mind and body both emotionally and physically. Some of these symptoms include difficulty remembering things, anxious thoughts, dietary issues, body aches, and stomach pains to name a few.
Now is the perfect time to learn how stress affects your lifestyle and tips to better manage it. Here is what you can do to take the edge off and reduce stress:
• Learn to relax. Relaxation is important for both the mind and body. Yoga and deep breathing can help increase your ability to stay calm and reduce stress-related symptoms.
• Avoid caffeine and sugar. Think twice before you reach for that second cup o’ joe or can of soda. Both caffeine and sugar stimulate the body to produce hormones that increase stress levels.
• Exercise. Body movement improves circulation and releases endorphins that make you feel calm and energized. Going for a long walk or bike ride can help you clear your thoughts and prepare for another busy day.
• Stay Focused. Instead of trying to tackle everything at once, make sure to prioritize your “to-do” list and take each task one step at a time. Setting realistic goals each day and achieving them will keep you productive and less stressed.
• Laugh out loud. Did you know giggling has been thought to lower blood pressure? Make a lunch date with friends and be sure to share all your LOL moments for a good laughing session.