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Healthy Strategies to Manage Stress

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” Lou Holtz

All stress isn’t bad stress. Sometimes it is what helps you focus your attention or build your energy. But sometimes it becomes extreme, unmanageable, and consuming. You might realize your body reaction by feeling your muscles tighten, your heart beating faster, or your breathing becoming more intense.

Stress is how the brain and body respond to demanding situations.

There are also long-term effects that can occur as a result of stress such as physical, emotional, or behavioral symptoms. What is important is having healthy ways to manage the stress once you’ve identified it.

A few easy to follow tips on reducing stress are:

  • Having too many “to-dos” can be stressful, prioritize your responsibilities, and reduce quick tasks.

  • Take a nap: getting rest can help you to recharge your mind and body.

  • Talk about your problems to your health provider, to a family member, or to a friend.

  • Increase your exercise: 30 minutes of walking, yoga, dancing to your favorite song or taking a nature hike.

  • Take a break: a few minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes to step away and rest.

  • Listen, sing, or play music you enjoy.

  • Eat a healthy snack: try yogurt, overnight oats, carrots, or strawberries.

Next time you feel overwhelmed with stress remember to take some time for yourself and try one or two of the above tips.

Until next time…stay motivated.

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