Reducing Stress for a Healthier You

 

We live in a generation where stress is so widespread, that it has become a part of our daily lives. We set aggressive alarms in the evening to make sure that we startle ourselves awake every morning. We jump out of bed, and inattentively go through with our shower and breakfast with the looming thought of traffic, meetings, and unpleasant co-workers triggering that headache which now seems to be coming more frequently. How long can we sustain such a hectic lifestyle?

Prolonged exposure to stress can cause some physical symptoms to manifest and lead to more serious ailments. What starts initially as a chronic headache, irritability, and “fuzzy thinking,” can progress to graver conditions, such as depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hyperthyroidism, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, ulcers, obsessive compulsive or anxiety disorder, tooth and gum disease, and even cancer.

There are some measures that you can do to be less affected by stress. Practicing stress management techniques can reduce stress effectively. It can also improve your resilience in stress-reducing situations that you’ll come face to face with in the future. Some of the things you can try are morning walks, spending quality time with friends and family, gardening, and making journals. Find something that you find relaxing and fitting to your lifestyle.

Practice stress-management at your workplace as well. Keeping a cleaner and a more organized workspace can create a more pleasant atmosphere. Plus, it would be easier to find things when everything is in its proper place. Be sure to take regular breaks. Even a short 15- minute break can boost your productivity and allows you to go back to your work with a fresher outlook. When you have a comfortable workspace you are more relaxed and your quality of work increases.

Developing a positive attitude is also one of the excellent ways to cope with stress. Keep in mind that everybody goes through a rough day from time to time, it’s how we deal with it that makes a difference. You can choose to let it pull down your spirits or face it with a “This too shall pass” attitude. The latter will help you remain calm and optimistic that things will get better.

There is no remedy for stress and unfortunately we cannot totally eliminate it from our lives. However, putting stress under control can help us become healthier and happier. Focus your energy on what really counts in life. Here are 5 additional ways to reduce stress:

  1. Identify the causes of your stress. Write them down and specify the level of stress they cause and what the effects are on you.

  2. Take control. Decide which ones on your list you can act upon, and get them done.

  3. Learn to say “no.” Don’t commit to things that you think will only complicate your life unreasonably.

  4. Don’t be too much of a perfectionist. Don’t expect perfection from others of from yourself.

  5. Know your priorities. Decide what is most important for you and for your loved ones and focus more attention on them. Lesser priorities can be taken care of some other time. Never attempt to do everything all at once.

How to Eat Healthy While You’re on the Go

 

Are you one of those people whose regular meals consist of pizza, burgers, or chips? The adverse effects of a high fat diet, like expanding waste line and receding intelligence to name two, should be enough reasons for you to consider another menu.

A poll of 9,000 respondents from 13 nations showed that UK is the country most attached to fast food. This is a sad reflection of UK’s eating habits and goes on to explain why the number of overweight and obese people in the country is rapidly rising.

With our fast paced lifestyle, where everyone seems to be in a hurry, it is so much more convenient to reach out for fast food. A lot of people may have the desire for a healthier diet, but their busy schedule just doesn’t leave any room for it. Nonetheless, these five steps may just make eating healthy possible:

  1. Plan your meals ahead. Before another work week begins, allot some time for menu planning. With healthy foods in mind, make a list of what you plan to eat for the week. It would be a good idea to cook food in batches and freeze them in serving size containers. You can easily reheat one in the microwave to bring to work the next day. Leaving home without any food makes you vulnerable to burger joints and sugar laden snacks from the vending machine.

  2. Take some prepackaged food with you. Throwing in some carrots, almonds, or pieces of cut up apples can go a long way. Having healthy food when hunger pangs set in can save you from resorting to high calorie foods whenever healthy choices are not available. Doing this is not only beneficial to your health; it is friendly to your budget as well.

  3. Stock up on your supplies. Be sure that you have everything you need for the meals you planned. Likewise buy ample supply of healthy snacks such as nuts, soup packages, and low fat crackers enough to last you for a week or more. Have some of these snacks handy in your office drawer so every time you need something to eat, you don’t have to look elsewhere.

  4. If fast food is inevitable, order smartly. Have the healthiest choices in the menu, such as side salads, fruit cups, and parfait. Always pick grilled chicken sandwiches over the burgers, and have the willpower to skip the mayonnaise and chips.

  5. Maintain self discipline. Have a strong determination to keep on with the healthier lifestyle you have chosen. When you undergo a strong craving for fast food, think about its consequences to your body. However, during those rare times when you slip-up and allow yourself some chips, don’t feel discouraged and go back to that destructive diet once again. Instead, make amends and make the next meal extra healthy. Always make sure that you compensate a fast food meal by strictly consuming only low calorie food for the rest of the day.