12 tips to help manage stress!
Stress and Health!
While stress can sometimes have a positive effect by keeping us alert, focused and on top of our game; too much stress, or the wrong kind, can affect your health. How you handle, tolerate or view stress will determine how it affects your health. Good stress is short-lived, infrequent and over quickly. It can motivate and inspire people to action. Bad stress lasts a long time, is chronic, negative and depressing. It can de-motivate you or stop you from taking action because it is too overwhelming.
All stress — life, work, family, financial, good, bad — fits into one bucket, creating your unique load. You must manage this load to stay healthy.
Find the strategies that work best for you, and practice them on a regular basis.
Here are 12 things that can help reduce stress:
• Take a relaxing walk (especially outside); get out in nature, get some sunshine (and Vitamin D).
• Listen to relaxing music.
• Take a hot bath (adding Epsom salt can help you get extra magnesium) or relax in sauna.
• Meditate or practice deep breathing.
• Laugh often!
• Snuggling a loved one or pet.
• Yoga, gentle mobility, and/or slow stretching exercises.
• Intimacy with your partner.
• Drink green tea.
• Use aromatherapy (therapeutic grade essential oils like lavender, jasmine or chamomile).
• Eat foods rich in Vitamin C & B (ask your consultant) or take a supplement (Stress Formula).
• Include foods high in zinc (get from food sources like eggs, pumpkin seeds, seafood).
Make stress your friend!
Just as important as your stress load is how well you respond it or perceive it. View stress as a challenge. Roll with the punches and have a Plan B (or C, or D). Stay open, flexible, and creative. This attitude helps you handle your stress load better, and reduce the
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