Are you feeling exhausted or overwhelmed? Whether you realize it or not, you are experiencing the relentless side effects of stress. In fact, stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health, especially if left untreated. If these symptoms build up you can also experience headaches, muscle tension, elevated blood pressure, and insomnia. The best way to reduce these indicators is through stress management. So, sit back, relax, and unwind with these stress management techniques.
- Get moving. You don’t need to do high-intensity exercises. All forms of exercise, including yoga, stretching, and walking are great for reducing stress. Even a quick walk around your neighborhood, or performing a few stretching exercises can help you feel better. For additional stretching exercises check out our “Stretching for Stress Reduction” hand out on the Signature Patient Website.
- Eat right. Stress levels and healthy eating habits are closely related. When overwhelmed, most people resort to sugary, fatty snacks as a pick-me-up. Instead, if you crave something sugary, try some of our sweet and low-calorie options, such as our S’mores Pudding or Chocolate Sensations.
- Listen to music. Get in-tune with your body by playing soothing music. This powerful tool can slow down breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and relax tense muscles too. Flip on some calming music whenever you are in traffic or take a break from a stressful situation.
- Add meditation to your routine. A few minutes of meditation, a day can help ease anxiety and revitalize the spirit. When meditating, focus your attention on keeping a comfortable posture and open mind. Add in a few positive chants and you will be feeling better in no time.
- Create your own escape. When you feel stressed, try imagining a peaceful, relaxing place. These positive thoughts can help you change your thinking.
Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore it. The good news is stress is manageable. For specific advice on stress management, ask your Medi-Weightloss® healthcare provider on what techniques are best to include in your routine.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.