Decrease your Daily Stress
Whether you have tension at work or pressure at home, stress can dominate our everyday lives. Stress affects our decision making, creativity, productivity, and relationships. It's time to reevaluate our daily routines and take steps to help control unwanted stress.
Here are some ideas to help reduce stress
1. What you eat matters
Maintain a healthy sugar level with snacks high in protein and fiber.
- Snacks such as low fat yogurt, nuts, fruits, and vegetables can help you feel fuller longer. For health snack recipes check out the Champions for Change.
Reduce your caffeine intake.
- We often turn to coffee to combat lack of sleep and yet it can cause further sleep problems. It can shorten the restorative stage of sleep necessary to rebuilding your body's strength.
Limit the amount of refined sugar in your diet.
- Refined sugar may temporarily give you energy, but it will eventually leave you to complete tasks in a lethargic state. Try to add fruits and vegetable high in antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) to keep your immune system strong in its fight against stress.
Cut back on foods high in saturated fat.
- Saturated fats found in animal products and certain plant oils may lead to chronic disease and more specifically heart disease. Try to increase your intake of unsaturated fats found in foods like avocados and olive oil.
2. Try meditation
According to the magazine Psychology today, "Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience."
Articles about meditation and mindfulness:
- Mindfulness Training Busts Stress
- Mindfulness Meditation, Based on Buddha's Teachings, Gains Ground with Therapists
- How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors
- How To Get Smarter, One Breath At A Time
3. Other Stress Reduction Resources