Tips on stress management

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Happy Friday! Today I’m going to give some lovely tips on stress management which have helped me greatly:

  1. No matter how tempting it is, don’t try to cure stress with “treats” involving food. Being stressed, we will NOT notice things such as portion size as much.
  2. Eat healthy. Basically, treat your body right during this time and it’ll treat YOU right.
  3. Get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough, since sleep deprivation can lead to increased stress and lack of the necessary skills to handle conflicts, decision making, etc.
  4. Get your exercise in. Doesn’t matter if it’s 5 minutes or 50, get it in. Workouts are an AMAZING stress reducer and will make you feel better.
  5. Stop trying so hard. I know that this seems very non-intuitive, but I’ve found that the more you struggle with something, the less you are capable of having the necessary mental clarity to bring in what you need to combat the source of stress.
  6. Take personal time for yourself. Read a book, watch a cute kitten video, doesn’t matter. And whatever you do, do NOT feel guilty for it. You cannot take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself.
  7. Stop beating yourself up. You’ll only feel worse and you’re not going to resolve your problems any faster by doing so.

Enjoy your weekend!! 🙂

How to handle stress in healthy and productive ways

Stress is something which can make or break our health and overall wellness. When the going takes tough, it’s easy to make the following excuses:

  • I just didn’t have the time.
  • I needed to treat myself after the day I had.
  • I wasn’t in the mood.

etc…

I’ve found that exercise and eating well actually reduces my stress and helps me get by on my bad days.

Need time to unwind? Instead of reaching for something unhealthy in order to feel better, why not try the following?

  1. Go out for a walk.
  2. Run it out! Put on your running shoes and get going!
  3. Do some yoga. It’ll both be good exercise AND it’s calming.
  4. Angry? Try some cardio kickboxing. I love Les Mills Combat for giving me my daily dose of punches and kicks!
  5. Hungry? Reach for something tasty, but healthy and nourishing. Bad food will just make you feel worse.
  6. Get high on endorphins from your workout, not alcohol! That glass of wine or bottle of beer won’t help you in the long run.
  7. Drink plenty of water and get extra sleep.

Stress management should be something which eliminates stress versus tacking onto it. You never, ever want to find yourself slipping into bad habits or creating new bad habits due to a bad day.Instead turn it into an incentive to treat both yourself and your body right.