Finances, relationships, parenting, work demands, caring for aging parents…these are all things in life that can be very stressful. People who don’t manage stress well can have headaches, stomach pain, sleeping problems, illness, and depression. But stress doesn’t have to take over your life and your health.  These symptoms of stress is your body’s way of letting you know you need to slow down and relax.  Listen to your body! It’s time to say “Bye Stress“! Check out these 5 and very simple tips to keep stress away: 
1. Exercise- Start slow, you don’t have to come out with guns blazing bench pressing lots of weight or running the Boston Marathon.  Exercise releases endorphins, your body’s feel good chemicals. It elevates your mood. Exercise also  improves your sleep and gives you more energy during the day.
2. Breathing techniques- Taking deep gives you more oxygen and lowers your blood pressure. Breathing relaxes your stress and puts you in a peaceful state of mind.
3. Eat healthy-  Who hasn’t grabbed a box or Krispy Kreme doughnuts or a 6 pack of soda for comfort during stressful times? We’ve all been there!  Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. Instead of reaching for those m&m’s, pile your plate with colorful fruits and veggies.  Keep your consumption of refined sugars limited to have more energy and a more cheerful mood throughout the day.
4. Get together with friends & family-  Studies show that during stressful times, being around family & friends decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol. So grab a friend and go to dinner, go see a show, or share a cup of green tea & chit-chat about what’s going on in your life.
5. Sleep –  Try to get a good night’s sleep to improve concentration and energy levels. Cut off  liquids 2-3 hours before (especially those with caffeine) to avoid interrupting your rest with trips to the bathroom and the extra boost of energy caffeine stirs up.

If you still need help managing your stress, give us a call at 770-922-2556 to schedule an appointment to discuss various options to combat your stress.


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