Staying Healthy During Stressful Times
To say this year has been a stressful year is truly an underestimate. We are stressed more than ever. Unfortunately, during stressful times, we often eliminate those things that could alleviate our stress.
WHAT ARE SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS?
Start the day by setting your mind with prayer or meditation.
- A positive mindset does not always naturally happen. Sometimes you have to intentionally shift your mind to a more optimistic way of thinking. Set the mind each morning towards positivity.
Consume healthy and energy sustaining foods and beverages throughout the day.
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, water, and green tea are great examples of foods and beverages that will help you feel energized throughout the day. Give your body the nutrients and energy it needs.
Move to get yourself moving.
- Exercise is great. However, short bouts of physical activity integrated throughout the day are also extremely beneficial. A ten-minute walk outside, a mid-day mini workout or simple stretching exercises will awaken those “feel good” hormones for a mood and energy boost.
Stay connected with friends and family.
- Hours on Zoom, Google Meet, or WebEx can make you feel that you are talking to people all day. However, it is important to make and take the time to talk with your loved ones. Don’t forget to give your loved ones “non-virtual” attention.
You don’t have to compromise your health during stressful times. In fact, it is during stressful times when intentionally integrating stress reduction strategies are most important!