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Minimize Stress to Improve Your Health

Written by on August 13, 2019

Stress is normal, especially in our society – and it can be useful. But if it becomes overwhelming, your health and your relationships can suffer! I’m Wendy Corr, with health and wellness news you can use!

Stress is a normal part of life. At times, it can be useful. Stress can motivate you to meet that deadline at work, or run the last 30 seconds of a race. But if you don’t get a handle on your stress and it affects you on a long-term basis, it can seriously interfere with your job, with your family, and negatively impact your health.

Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick. Stress can also cause high blood pressure, and even contribute to diabetes and heart disease!

How can you tell if stress is taking a toll on your health? How about headaches, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach and sleep problems. You’re more easily irritated or angry, you lack focus, and you’re prone to sadness or depression. And it can cause you to turn to drugs or alcohol, you find yourself either overeating or not eating enough, and you exercise less often.

So, what can we do, in this fast-paced, stressed-out society? Here are a few tips to break the hold of stress on your life!

-First, surround yourself with positive people! Avoid those who bring you stress whenever possible.

-Second, eat properly! What we eat can affect our mood and how we feel – and if you eat a lot of junk, the sugar rush and crash will affect your productivity and your stress level!

-Third – regular exercise! Although it might create more stress to try to figure out where to fit a workout into your already packed schedule, exercise is proven to help reduce stress and increase your energy – so you are better able to face the day.

Try to find active ways to manage your stress, rather than watching tv, surfing the net or playing video games. These may seem relaxing, but may increase your stress over the long run.

-And above all, remember what matters most. Take joy in the little things, and look for the good.

Thanks for tuning in to Wellness with Wendy! I love sharing tips and tricks to help you live your best life – so for more health and wellness news and advice, follow my blog on See you again tomorrow for Wellness with Wendy!

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