Feeling overwhelmed, frantic or rushed? Can’t seem to get a break? Working on that to-do list, only to see it growing faster than you can manage?
Follow some of these suggestions below to help eliminate the stress in your life. You can also call the office to come in for a free screening or for additional recommendations on how to keep your stress to a minimum.
Physical activity has been shown to help the body release endorphins, which can produce a positive feeling. It also helps reduce anxiety and stress.Find movement activities (doesn’t have to be exercise) that you enjoy, so you can have fun while you feel better as you do them.
You don’t need to make everything from scratch to be healthy.
Find ways to make semi-homemade meals, saving time with pre-cut produce or frozen veggies, and always having ingredients for your go-to meals. When you cook, you can also prepare food in larger batches so you can take it to work, or create your own freezer meals for upcoming weeks.
Hydrate and Heat
Increase their water intake to stay hydrated, making it easier for the muscle tissue to clear out any bad hormones released under stress.
Also, applying heat, which helps with relaxation and increasing blood supply to the muscles. Clearing out the hormones and loosening tight muscles.
Create a Meal Plan
Planning, in general, creates a sense of order and decreases the stress of the unknown, and meal planning can be helpful for this too.
Make Time to Be Present
Carefully protecting time for personal relaxation is challenging on good days, let alone on stressful ones.
Making time to be still and present in what’s happening now versus ruminating over the past or worrying about the future can be beneficial to preventing or managing the stress we experience.
Consider Nourishment as Self-Care
It can be easy to skip meals or make food choices we wouldn’t otherwise make when we’re stressed. Unfortunately, that can lead to unstable blood sugar, excessive hunger (that can lead to overeating later) or food choices that don’t help us achieve our health goals. Choose several meal or snack ideas that you like, things that don’t take much effort and that you always have on hand. Aim for a balance of carbohydrate, protein and healthy fat, remembering to add vegetables. Then you can use this list to quickly choose something to eat.
Use Technology the Right Way
Technology can be a stressor with its constant notifications and immediate access to time-consuming distractions. It can also be a helpful tool, as McMahon points out.
“The Headspace app is broad enough to apply to anyone, helps you find your center, find a healthy breathing pattern and get clarity with key points and a goal of the day,” he says.
Find Your Support
Are aches and pains stressing you out and getting in the way of your daily activities?
If simple home interventions are not helping to lessen aches, pains and discomfort, it’s time to see a physical therapist.
Stop by AccuCare for a complimentary screening and get back to doing you.
Call (630)761-0900 x2 today to reserve your time with a physical therapist.