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Five Ways to Curb Stress

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Stress is the body’s natural way of responding when we feel threatened, often referred to as the fight or flight mechanism. For many of us stress is a natural part of day to day life. Many may not realize however, that too much of it can have a negative impact on our health. Chronic stress can cause health problems such as digestive issues, weight gain, hair loss and even heart disease. While most people tend to deal with stress by ignoring it, stress demands attention when physical symptoms appear. Read on to find five easy ways to combat stress and take back your peace of mind.

Exercise is at the top of the list as an excellent stress buster. Studies show the even moderate exercise a few times a week can help you beat the blues. Working out can substantially curb stress and boost your mood. Besides that it can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid disease.

Time and time again we’ve heard, "You are what you eat!". Although, this is a well known cliché it’s not far from the truth. The quality of food you ingest not only has a direct effect on your body it’s also tied to your mood and mental health. Many findings show that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and less refined sugar and fried foods can reduce mood swings and curb irritability. So think twice before you reach for that slice of cake!

The right prospective goes a long way when it comes to stress reduction. People who have a positive outlook are less likely to stress over the little things. If you’ve already made up your mind that you’re having the worst day ever chances are you'll find yourself steaming over the tiniest mishap. So, the next time you feel a stress attack coming on take a moment and count to ten or better yet count ten things you can be thankful for.

Me time is a must have component of any beat the stress plan of action, but it’s often one of the most neglected. Between career, spouse, family, and friends who has the time to take a walk or read a book. While you may not have an extra hour for a bubble bath just ten minutes of de-stress time can make a world of difference when it comes to stress. You may have to do a little juggling but it’s worth it for a few minutes of peace in a hectic day and the more time you make for yourself the better prepared you will be to handle whatever comes your way.

Stress is a serious condition linked to major problems like obesity, diabetes and depression. Let’s face it; we all go through stressful situations on occasion and most of us experience stress daily but, implementing these steps can make for a less stressful day and a healthier lifestyle that can have a positive impact on your health and quality of life.

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