Top 3 Ways to Manage Stress
How can I manage stress?
Stress is something that we all deal with. A good amount of stress (or eustress) is healthy. However, there are many things that can shift that healthy amount of stress into distress. There are a lot of ways we can try to monitor our stress, here are our top 3 ways to manage stress.
#1: Sleep Schedule
If there is one thing we always want to look at when investigating an aspect of health, it is sleep
Lack of sleep can increase stress and stress can impact ability on your sleep. It can be a very negative cycle to go down
Try and get into a consistent sleep schedule
Focus on getting good quality sleep
#2: Gut Health
Gut health assists our bodies with many important things including digestion, our immune system, helping with some skin irritations
People with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Crohn’s, Colitis and other gut health conditions are often told that stress is to blame for exacerbating their symptoms. But it can actually work the opposite as well
Consulting a health professional to help you optimize your gut health can actually work to help with stress and anxiety
#3: Meditation & Exercise
Meditation and/or mindfulness is about taking some time in the day to try to be present. This means setting aside worries about the future and feeling guilty or stressed about the past
Exercise is not only helpful for body health. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins. Several studies have shown it helps reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. This could mean running or walking outside, weight training at the gym, or something more restful like qigong
Meditation/Mindfulness and exercise have been shown to reduce stress moderately. We often see the best results when paired with direction from a mental health specialist
Remember, this is just general information.
If you have specific medical conditions, are experiencing pain, or you’re just not sure where to start when it comes to exercise, please remember we’re here for you.
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