Is stress getting you down? I think we can all agree it’s a very stressful time but we’re all in this together! Here are some helpful ways to reduce stress and improve your quality of life!
- Make healthy food choices. Food is fuel for the body and if you give it the right fuel you will have energy to be more active. If you have questions regarding nutrition or have medical issues, contact a dietitian or nutritionist for guidance.
- Move around! Physical activity can increase endorphins and help you to feel good. Not only is physical activity good for the body (organs, muscles, circulation), it’s also a great stress reliever and can improve memory and thinking. Try to move around every hour and avoid sitting in one place for too long. If you don’t know where to start and need advice, contact a physical therapist for an evaluation to get started on a routine that is right for you!
- Reduce or avoid unhealthy habits. Many folks use smoking, drinking, or eating excessively as a way to reduce stress. On the contrary, these unhealthy habits add to more stress.
- Get plenty of sleep. Stress can cause difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep causes a reduced ability to deal with life stressors. Meditation or breathing can be a good way to calm the body and mind prior to going to sleep.
- Call a friend! Stress can make you feel like you want to be alone. But instead reach out to a friend for a laugh or emotional support.
- Just say no every once in a while. Nobody can do it all and having too many commitments can cause a lot of stress! Say yes, less!
- Keep a journal. Write down what’s bothering you. It can help reduce stress and help you manage your thoughts/feelings.
- Seek Counseling. If life stressors are too challenging or self-care measures aren’t working, you may benefit from counseling as a form of therapy. Ask your healthcare provider for more information to see if counseling is right for you!