How to Keep Stress Manageable for Better Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stress is one of those things that everyone understands. It's rare -- if not absolutely impossible -- to find someone who isn't afflicted with stress of some kind. Some stress can be good for us. It keeps us motivated and moving forward. But when stress becomes too great, it can seriously damage our health and our lives. So what can we do? If you want to live as healthy of a life as possible, and you want to feel good about yourself every day, take a look at these tips to keep stress manageable for better health starting now.

Exercise

Movement can do wonders for stress. Why? Because the body can't handle mental stress and physical stress at the same time. So what does it do? It chooses. When you're mentally stressed, hit the gym, even if you don't feel like it. Once you get moving, you'll probably notice the thoughts slipping away. You'll notice the worry and the exhaustion melting into the workout. It might take a few minutes, so stick with it. Do this every day, and you'll be able to lower your stress on a daily basis, which is good for your overall health and wellness.

Set Priorities

You don't have to get it all done in a day. It feels like it, but you really don't have to. Instead of trying and stressing yourself out, make a list. Put the highest priority on top and then make your list in descending priority. Then focus on one task at a time. At the end of the day, put your list away and don't think about it until tomorrow. If you're a workaholic, this will take some getting used to. But once you master the list, you can stop the excessive worry and lower overall stress in the body.

Eat Well

When the body is working too hard or strained, stress levels skyrocket. Sometimes this happens because of work or physical pain or something of the sort.  But what we put in our bodies can also tax the body. Too much caffeine literally taxes the body, raising heart rate and blood pressure.  Too much junk food adds fat to the body, and as you accumulate fat, the body has to work harder to function normally. To combat this, feed your body well. Eat fresh fruit, veggies, and skip as much junk food as possible. Many are surprised to find that diet plays a huge role in their well-being and the level of stress they feel daily.

It's really important to keep stress under control. It's important for mental and physical health, and it's also important just so you can feel better about your life. Use these tips to keep your stress under control, and feel better about your health and life now and in the future too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

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