Friday – Reduce Stress!
Whether it is neglecting our diet, taking on more than we are able to do, feeling irritable and anxious, having difficulty making decisions and even experiencing stomach upset and increased heart rate, we all find ourselves falling victim to unmanaged stress. These experiences are an extension of the fight or flight response—an adaptive feature of our bodies that helps us deal with a threat. While being fueled by adrenaline and having an increased heart and breathing rate, and other ways that our body becomes physically ready, are very good in the short term for threats to our immediate physical danger, a prolonged and unmanaged response can lead to long-term health repercussions. Part of dealing with stress and anxiety is the ability to recognize stress and implement strategies to deal with it before it becomes an overwhelming problem.
Coping with Stress Healthy Strategies
Get plenty of rest Watch a movie
Set time for yourself Spend time with a pet
Favourite childhood activity Take a bath or shower
Breathing exercises Focus on the good things
Exercise Use a positive affirmation
Work out Watch a funny video
Play video games Set realistic expectations
Listen to music Ask for help
Eat healthy food Leave the situation
Drink water Manage your time
Talk to friends Be organized
Meditate Spend time with others