How to Reduce Stress during Stress Awareness Month
Stress is something everyone experiences at various moments in their life, and for some can be more frequent than others. Finding healthier ways to cope with stressful situations and reduce stress is an important skill to learn and practice for not only yourself, but those you surround yourself with.
“In a difficult circumstance where things didn’t go my way, Thomas Flynn, Team Select VP of Operations, recently reminded me to be easier on myself and focus on the positives,” said Team Select Mobile Physician Services Vice President General Manager, Clay Hall PhD, MBA, NP-C.
“He’s correct; self-compassion and optimism is an easy habit to overlook, especially in a professional setting. However, doing so can have a long-term harmful influence on your health. Being kind to yourself has been shown in studies to significantly lower blood pressure and cortisol production, a stress hormone, as well as strengthen the immune system, and extend lifespan. In fact, one study showed that optimists lived up to 15% longer than pessimists. So, the next time you’re stressed, take a minute to emphasize the good and give yourself a pat on the back. Your mind and body will thank you.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are stress relievers that can help reduce stress.
- Get active
- Eat a healthy diet
- Avoid unhealthy habits
- Laugh more
- Connect with others Try yoga
- Assert yourself
You have heard about it a lot, but exercising daily, or just staying active, does greatly help reduce stress. Here’s why:
When an individual exercises, they release hormones called endorphins. Endorphins help the body produce “happy thoughts.”
“For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life. Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain.” – WebMD
“I would say cardiovascular exercise. In a stressful situation we are made for “fight or flight,” says Team Select Physician Dr. Paul Gilbert, MD.”
“We must get that energy out or it goes inside. Exercising is the most positive way to get that energy out of the body.”
Diet can also play a huge part in how your body reacts and holds onto stress. Avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, and Swiss Chard are great foods that can help relieve stress through their nutrients.
If you are still having difficulty reducing your stress levels, it is recommended you speak to a counselor or your Primary Care Physician to get medical assistance and professional help. Team Select Mobile Physician Services offers a variety of care services including Psychiatric Care Services that can help find treatment right for you. Learn more at www.teamselectmd.com.
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