How can a healthy lifestyle reduce your level of stress?
Stress and stressful situations are an inevitable part of our lives. Over the last month we’ve explored different exercises so you can begin managing stress. This week we are focusing on using a healthy lifestyle as a strategy to reduce stress in the fourth and final post of our four part Managing Stress Series, so if you haven’t yet, check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3!
We’ve found some great resources and activities for creating a healthy lifestyle and healthy habits as a strategy for stress management. A healthy lifestyle will mean something different for everyone, but there are some simple guidelines we can all follow. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves creating new healthier habits that you can continue to put into practice everyday!
According to WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity and an opportunity to enjoy more aspects of your life for longer.
Nutrition to Reduce Stress
Power Foods for the Brain | Neal Barnard | TEDxBismarck
Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice.
Healthy Relationships and Stress Reduction
Exercise to Reduce Stress
Exercise, Stress, and the Brain
Dr. Paul Thompson talks about how imaging has revealed the positive effects of exercise on the brain as well as the detrimental effects of stress and cortisol on the brain.
*If you need immediate support around anxiety or excessive stress, please refer to our recent post.*
You don’t need to be feeling stressed to begin living a healthy lifestyle, in fact, aside from the stress-reducing benefits of the above activities, a healthy lifestyle can improve your life in numerous ways.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Managing Stress Series as much as we’ve enjoyed created it!
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