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Everyone has their stresses and their own ways of dealing with stress. As anyone who has experienced significant or chronic stress will tell you, there are positive ways to approach stressful periods and very unhealthy – even dangerous – solutions to handling stressful situations. Worse yet, studies have shown that stress has a detrimental impact on lifestyle, health, and nutrition, all of which can contribute to exacerbating the effects of stress and anxiety. Left unchecked, stress experienced over long periods of time is considered by many in the medical profession as chronic, potentially resulting in major issues such as heart disease, weight gain, psychological effects, digestive problems, and cancer.

While it’s difficult to control the sources of stress in our lives, we have plenty of strategies available to us in order to reduce the impact of stress during our day-to-day.

  1. A Nutritious Diet and Regular Exercise

Sometimes the most essential and basic solutions are the most beneficial. Starting with a healthy diet and regular exercise before addressing your reactions to stress is a smart approach, as having a solid foundation of health and wellbeing is always a question healthcare professionals bring about in a patient assessment.

Concentrate on foods that provide a steady, reliable supply of essential vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids and antioxidants to help your brain handle stress in a more beneficial way. Foods that are high in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and rich in protein are essential building blocks to a healthy diet, but getting regular exercise is just as important. While it’s not recommended that people utilize exercise as coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, studies have shown that those who participate in regular physical activity handle the effects of stress better than those who lead sedentary lifestyles.

  1. More Time Spent Outdoors

Spending time in nature or in outdoor environments isn’t just good for your health, it’s an important part of building perspective on your situation and life as a whole. Being part of social groups and interacting with the natural world helps remind one of their place in the universe and provides a sense of connectivity we sometimes lose track of during the day-to-day hustle and bustle of civilized life.

  1. Start – and Maintain – a Journal

Keeping track of your mood, emotions, and feelings (whether good, bad, or neutral) is a critical part of helping to identify the motivators of stress. A journal is an easy, low-cost way to keep tabs on your state of mind throughout any given day, week, or month and can help you focus on what’s driving stresses if it’s not quite clear.

  1. Meditation

Used for thousands of years to help people find perspective and calm, meditation is a proven stress reliever that requires no equipment, supervision, or program and can be performed several times per day no matter your location or state of mind. Trying to maintain a schedule of twice daily, 10-15 minute session of mindful meditation can be a tremendous asset to those who suffer from anxiety and stress.

  1. Practice Yoga

Yoga reinforces the mind-body connection, helping people improve how they view and feel about their bodies. Over a series of clinical trials, it’s clear that yoga has a significant impact on important health markers such as stress reduction, cancer resistance, and even protection against chronic diseases.

There are plenty of strategies to reducing stress in a positive, healthy way, but finding the right solution for you and your specific symptoms can be a difficult problem to solve. If you’re concerned about your stress levels and would like to schedule a consultation about ways to improve it, contact Dr. Iris Crawford and the team at Naturkur Wellness Center today!