Stop Stressing About Stress Healthy Habits

Stop Stressing About Stress

There’s no denying it: Stress feels terrible. A continuously stressful job or a string of taxing situations can certainly steal your energy, joy and enthusiasm. It can even trigger anxiety and depression, and can majorly compromise your immune system. Ever wonder why you sometimes get a cold after a series of stressful weeks?

While there is currently no scientific evidence that stress can lead to breast cancer—phew!—it’s still very important to manage it in your life. If you don’t already have a go-to stress buster, here are some techniques you can try:

• Hit the gym: “Exercise gives you endorphins. And endorphins make you happy.” (Legally Blonde, anyone?) Specifically, endorphins are chemicals in the brain that make you feel good, so it’s time to get moving! Shoot for three to four hours a week to start.

• Get some zzz’s: It’s no surprise that being well rested helps reduce stress levels and improves your ability to deal with the wear and tear of everyday life.

• Say goodbye to vices: Caffeine and nicotine can both increase your stress level and interfere with sleep. Of course, there are about a million other reasons to avoid nicotine, so we’ll just toss this one on the pile.

• When in doubt, talk it out: Consider joining a support group. Being surrounded by people in the same boat can give you new ideas on how to handle your stress.

• Get outside the box: Don’t be afraid to try something new! Many holistic medicine techniques—such as aromatherapy, hypnosis, meditation and yoga—have been shown to ease anxiety and stress.


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