Ah, the elusive quest for peak health and wellness. In this world that’s rampant with rush-hour mornings, wanted-it-yesterday deadlines, I have to get this done, and family responsibilities it’s difficult to escape stress.
Some of us do any and everything to take care of our bodies, but often skimp on taking care of our sanity. But the truth is the body and the brain need each other. Skimp on one, and you hurt the other. We have to have balance to maintain healthy and well-being. Although working out can help relieve stress, we must also incorporate some mental exercises to help manage our stress. Too much stress can compromise our health; our body suffers with aches and pains, headaches, a reduced immune system, an inability to sleep, and we will often ignore our dietary needs, leading to diabetes and obesity. Stress will cause serious health issues including high blood pressure, heart disease.
When we are balanced and healthy, we see things more clearly, our sense of humor improves, we can focus, we are not so easily overwhelmed, we have more to give, we remember what is important, we sleep better we even look better
TIPS TO FIND BALANCE, HEALTH AND WELLNESS.
- Meditate. Even just a few minutes a day will allow you to find some peace and calm. It will give you a place to go to when you are overwhelmed.
- Breath. Take a few minutes to take some deep relaxing breaths. Do this a few times during the day. It is not only relaxing it is a good way to start or end a project.
- Eat a low-fat, lean protein diet. This is especially important to keep our diet under control. Fried foods and fatty foods interfere will our digestive system and we may succumb to indigestion or acid reflux.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep really is underrated. This is when our bodies heal. It is when our mind clears and gives us reprieve from stress.
- Indulge in me-time. We must find time to take care of ourselves, a vacation during the day, a time and a place to escape the stress. A short walk, a chapter in a book, a game of golf, or a yoga class actually anything we enjoy that will distract us from stress.
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week. Exertion and a good sweat help to reduce how we react to stress. This helps us relax and force out pent-up frustrations.
- Laughter: Studies show that laughter really is the best medicine. It stimulates organs, increases intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and floods brains with endorphins. This tension-soothing act has a bevy of benefits, and let’s face it: it feels great! Hang out with happy friends or watch a comedy.
- Get sunshine. There is nothing like a heavy dose of Vitamin D. Sunshine turns on the peace and happiness receptors in the brain. Just go outside face the sun fore 5 – 10 minutes every day or take a walk. Enjoy the day.
- Disconnect. Pledge to turn off your TV, phone and laptop for 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Sometimes this is hard to do. Give yourself a stopping point. Right after you talk to so & so…, right after the news, or finish that last email or document and turn it all off. Crawl in bed and enjoy how good it feels.
The above tips are an excellent start to managing your stress These will put you on your way to a healthy body and overall wellness.
Of course, you’ll want to become proactive in preserving your personal space. Never be afraid to say no to adding another item to your to-do list. Ask a friend or your spouse to watch the kids or pets for you once a week, so you can find that precious time for yourself or quality time with your family or friends.
“The purpose of life is to be happy.”