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Manage Stress with a Healthy Lifestyle

Stress is a physical and emotional response to overwhelming responsibilities, events, and changes. It is a fact of life for most of us. To help manage stress, take good care of yourself. Make time for rest and recreation. Eat healthier meals. Take a walk now and then. And don’t forget to treat yourself. A little down time can go a long way.

Get Enough Rest

When you don’t get enough sleep, you may be too tired to cope with stress. Also, stress can prevent you from sleeping well or may keep you awake. If this happens to you, try reading or listening to soothing music before you go to sleep.

Make Time for Yourself

In today’s world, there is often too much to do in too little time. It may seem hard to make time for yourself. But try to spend just a few minutes each day doing something you enjoy. This can improve the quality of your life and your mental outlook. Also, you’ll be more productive when handling your day-to-day duties. And you’ll be in a better frame of mind to cope with stress.

Eat Wisely

It’s easy to react to stress by reaching for a bag of chips or a cup of coffee. This may give you a quick boost but may later drain your energy. To keep your energy level steady, eat healthy meals and snacks at home and at work. Try not to skip meals. Stick with a low-fat diet that’s rich in whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nourish Your Spirit

When life is hectic, it’s easy to forget what your values and goals are. To help prevent this from happening, find out what is most important in your life. Ask yourself, “What are the things in life I really care about? My work? My family or friends? Something I love doing?” Then focus on embracing your values and what you want to achieve in your life.

Stay on the Move

Regular physical activity helps burn off the negative energy of stress. Doing something active that you enjoy also helps you get away from stressful situations. Try to walk, jog, bicycle, swim, dance, take a fitness class, or play a team sport. Do this most days of the week. Or, practice yoga or tai chi, which can help you relax.

Put Some Fun into Your Life

Following are some activities you may enjoy doing to help relieve stress:

  • Plan a fun trip

  • Take part in a hobby, or try a new one

  • Have lunch with a friend

  • Learn a new sport or game

  • Go see a movie

  • Take a class on something you always wanted to learn

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Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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