How to Relieve Stress Naturally




Heidi Smith

Stress, especially chronic stress, can negatively impact our health and lead to heart disease, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. More than 75 percent of doctor visits are related to conditions caused by stress, and being exposed to stress over a long period of time can lead to life-threatening conditions. Here are a few ways to relieve stress.

Exercise: Exercise, particularly yoga, can have calming effects on the entire body, help to improve sleep and help to manage blood sugar, metabolism and mood.

Mindfulness/Meditation: As little as 10 to 15 minutes a day will give our mind time to relax and release worry and anxiety. It is also a great opportunity to be appreciative for the good things we can focus on.

Eat a Healthy Diet: Eat clean, whole foods that are nutrient-dense and avoid processed and sugary foods, too much caffeine and alcohol.

Practice Self-Care: Very often, we stress because we are taking care of everyone else but ourselves. Make room for “me” time by focusing on yourself. Take a hot bath, get a facial or take a long walk in nature, even for just a few minutes a day.

Heidi Smith is a certified integrative health coach and corporate wellness specialist at Integrative Wellness Studio. For more information, call 312-259-7585.

 

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