Stress is a big risk factor for many health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and heart disease.
Research has shown that keeping stress down is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Adriane Kozlovsky, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical dietitian at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital, provides useful tips to help people cut daily stress.
According to her, people can do 10 things to control their stress:
Meditation can help people relax, increase calmness and promote an overall happier mood.
It also can improve sleep quality at night and help people achieve mindful eating, which are good for mental and physical health.
Sleep well at night
Eight hours of sleep at night may help keep you energetic through the day.
When you are energetic and alert, you can handle stress much better.
To have a good sleep at night, you need to make a sleep schedule and stick to it. Also, avoid using your digital devices in your bedroom.
Exercise can improve your mental health, make your body strong, and keep your brain sharp.
The American Heart Association suggests that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise and 75 vigorous exercises every week.
For kids ages 6 to 17, it is important to get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity.
Spend time in nature
When you feel stressed, taking a short walk in nature may make a big difference.
Research has shown that spending time in nature can help lower stress and anxiety and thus boost your wellbeing.
Spend time with family and friends
Being around people you can communicate will put you in a more comfortable, relaxed state of being and reduce your stress.
Help other people
Research has found that kind deeds, even small gestures, could induce feel-good effects that reduce stress.
Some health studies find that being thankful can have a positive effect on people’s psychological wellbeing. Practicing gratitude could reduce stress and depression and increased happiness.
Smile more frequently
Smiling can trigger hormones in the brain that makes you feel happy and reduce stress.
It might also help lower your blood pressure and boost your immune system.
Live closer to work
A long commute can strongly increase your stress. If you can move closer to work, you will have more time to sleep in, a shorter commute and fewer traffic hassles.
Reducing your travel time from 30 minutes to 10 minutes improve your psychological wellbeing a lot.
Plan a trip (even if you don’t really take it)
Arranging a nice trip in the future is something you can look forward to.
Even if the trip never happens for whatever reason, the planning can help to create positive energy and make you less stressed.
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