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Stress Got You Down? Keep These Tips in Mind

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stress is everywhere. We live in a stressful world -- a really, really stressful world. We're all just trying to get by, and stress is not making it any easier. Not only can excessive stress make us feel irritable and on edge, but it can also cause a decline in both mental and physical health. Wonderful, right? Luckily, keeping stress under control is possible. It's hard work, but the results to your health and life are definitely worth it. If you need a little help beating stress and feeling better about life, take a look at these tips to try starting now. 

Consider a Long Walk

Exercise is excellent for relieving stress. When you force the body to focus on physical stress, the mental anguish is able to melt away. Walking works because it's a low-impact way to engage the body. It's also easy; all you need is a place to walk and some shoes. It's the perfect choice for a lot of people. It feels good. It's challenging but not overly complicated. If the weather is nice, taking your walk outdoors can provide additional stress relief and leave you feeling better than ever. If stress is part of your normal life, consider making long walks a part of your normal life as well. 

Consider Cutting Back on Caffeine

Caffeine certainly has its place in our lives. So many of us rely on caffeine to get us moving in the mornings. But beyond that initial jolt, consider dropping caffeine from your life. Caffeine is a stimulant. It hypes the body and mind -- gives you energy, and encourages you to focus. But if you consume too much, the burst of energy can turn into a negative side effect. Suddenly, you can't turn the buzz off. And if you're already stressed, the extra jitters can feel even more enhanced. Consider how much caffeine you really need to function and cut back on the rest. 

Consider Getting Into a Better Routine

Routines are key. When we're kids, routines seem to happen naturally. Our routines revolve around school and bedtimes and activities. As we get older, we often lose our routines in lieu of staying up for studying, work projects, and going out. But routines are critical for success in life, good health, and less stress. Routines give us expectations. We don't have to think about what comes next -- we already know. If you're stressed, make sure you have a solid routine in the morning. You need a routine that wakes you up in a calm and deliberate way. Similarly, make sure you have a good nighttime routine that winds you down and encourages sleep. By enhancing these routines, you can lower your stress and improve your perception of daily life. 

Stress is common and normal. It's not something to be afraid of or to dread. But considering the potential negative side effects of excess stress, it's certainly something to learn how to manage. Use these tips to lower your stress and you'll be improving your health and feeling better about life in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clifton Park, N.Y.

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