These are some of the ways that stress can negatively affect your health:
Fortunately, there are ways to combat these effects. Here are some healthy ways to manage your stress:
Keep a journal for one week and record every time you feel stressed. Record what's triggering your stress.
Practice reframing anxious thoughts. Rather than thinking "I can't believe I overslept and am running so late to work," you need to reframe to "I am in my car driving to work and all will be okay." Continue to repeat the reframed thought and you will feel yourself relax.
Control your environment by spending less time around those who stress you out, say no to people and work on improving organization and time management.
If you're lacking in the deep sleep department, try sleeping in a dark cool room, stop looking at screens 30 minutes before bed, and experiment with lavender essential oil or an epsom salt bath before bed to relax.
Exercising can be as simple as a yoga class or a walk outside. Deep breathing exercises can also help you de-stress. I highly recommend Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8 breathing exercise.
Include foods rich in B vitamins (grains, beans and avocados) and C vitamins (citrus fruits, kiwi and bell peppers) in your daily diet. Stress dehydrates the body and dehydration creates stress (not a fun cycle to be in). Our body is mainly made of water, so staying hydrated is very important to function properly.
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