Do you constantly feel overwhelmed? Are your stress levels reaching heights that feel out of control? Do you see your list of responsibilities growing faster than you can manage? Nowadays, we all have so many obligations, it’s impossible not to feel constant pressure. Just about everyone is struggling to keep their stress under control. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Therefore, finding ways to manage your stress is vital to a healthy lifestyle.
1. Stay Active
Physical activity helps the body release endorphins, which can elicit a positive feeling. It also helps reduce anxiety and stress.
A lot of therapists encourage their patients to try wall angels. This involves moving your arms as if making snow angels against a wall. This stretches the shoulders, neck and upper back, where many people carry their stress.
2. Hydrate & Heat
It’s never a bad idea to increase your water intake to stay hydrated. This makes it easier for the muscle tissue to clear out any bad hormones released under stress.
Many experts also recommend applying heat, which helps with relaxation and increasing blood supply to the muscles, clearing out the hormones and loosening tight muscles.
3. 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.
Meal plans decrease the stress and time around deciding what to eat when you’re already hungry. They give you clear action steps and make it possible to bulk prep and shop, which saves time in your busy schedule.
4. 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.
5. Consider Nourishment as Self-Care
It can be easy to skip meals or make 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.
Conclusion – Lake Shore Physical Therapy
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Therefore, finding ways to eliminate stress can be enormously beneficial for your overall health and wellness. Taking care of your mind will ultimately prove as worthwhile as caring for your body. At Lake Shore Physical Therapy, we’re happy to consult with you on any topic related to you and your health. For an individual consultation, contact us now!