4 Tips To Ease Stress In Your Life

Life can be stressful and at time, difficult to handle. From moving to different states to changes in your job and unexpected deadlines, stressors occur often and at random. With a little understanding about managing stress and how it affects your body, your stressors will be easier to manage and, oftentimes, preventable!

Your body goes through a series of hormonal changes during times of stress. The insulin in your body becomes off balance, as well as the levels of cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn can cause a rapid heart rate as well as an increase in your blood pressure. Some other side effects of stress are bloating, hair loss, and difficulty losing weight. The general key is to practice self-care. A lot of stressors in our life can be eliminated or decreased by following a simple routine that puts our health and wellness first. Read on for a few tips to help you manage the stress in your life!

1. Change your diet! Eating clean, raw, and nutritious food is one of the most important things you can do not only to ease stress but to balance the hormones in your body and ensure your body is receiving the adequate amount of nutrients, daily. Eliminate refined sugars, caffeine, and processed foods. Food fuels your body. Eating an unhealthy diet will run down your organs and the way they function.

2. Find time every day to do something for you. Relaxation is a great way to decompress after a tough day. Turn off the television and head outside for an evening walk. If the weather is unappealing, try meditation indoors. A hobby such as painting is a great way to voice your stressors through art and release the tension in your body.

3. Oftentimes, our bodies are missing key nutrients that cause minor hormone imbalances. However, after combining a few vitamin deficiencies with added stressors in your life, your body breaks down and your stress becomes a far greater problem. Raw vitamins and probiotics are an excellent way to combat the effects of stress, and go hand-in-hand with a clean-eating diet!

4. Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of excessive stress in your day-to-day life. The average adult should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. If you are barely getting by with enough shut-eye, your body is working twice as hard, and you’re stressors are far more amplified. Take a midday nap, drink some banana tea before bed, and aim to be in bed with enough time to get at least 7 hours of rest!

Stress doesn’t have to limit your daily life. By making these simple yet effective changes to your lifestyle, the way your body processes and handles stress will be far less challenging and less damaging to your overall health and wellness.

 

3 Ways to Kick Your Bad Habits to the Curb

All of us have bad habits, some of them not so pleasant. The good thing about habits is that they can be changed in just two weeks of strict adherence.  For instance, are you a nail biter, a pen clicker, or YouTube binge-watcher? Just because it’s a habit does not mean it can’t be broken! It’s time to kick your bad habits to the curb!

1. The first step to identifying a bad habit is recognizing the habit when it is happening, and what happened directly before it. Usually, bad habits are a result of something else- there’s usually a reason why this habit manifested. Perhaps you click your pen constantly after being given a deadline, or you bite your nails when you’re in a tough situation. Identifying these triggers is the key to eliminating the habit in its entirety!

2. Now that you have established when your habit is taking place and recognized the trigger, aim to redirect that habit to something rewarding. For instance, if you are a nail biter when you’re given strict deadlines, grab a hold of your stress ball and give that a few squeezes. Afterward, immediately redirect your attention to making a detailed list of how you will accomplish the given task within the deadline to avoid the anxiety associated with strict time lines.

3. Make small changes to your routine to further nip your bad habits. If you overeat while binge watching the evening news, try turning off your television for dinner time and eat at the dining table. Combating a bad habit is as easy as having healthy snack alternatives available rather than chips, or having a variety of stress management tools within reach.

When you feel the need to resort back to a bad habit, remember to not suppress your thoughts, but rather, acknowledge the habit you are dissolving from your routine and proceed to redirect that habit! After a week of not biting your nails or binge eating during the evening news, reward yourself with a spa day, manicure, or even an ice cream treat! You deserve it!