4 Simple Ways to Manage Stress
Stress may be a normal and unavoidable part of life, but excessive stress can affect your emotional and physical health. In fact, it has been associated with a wide range of health issues, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diminished immunity, cognitive decline, infectious diseases and even cancer.
However, the good news is that there are four simple strategies that can help coping with the stress much easier, while leading to a healthier, happier you.
- Stretch – Stress restricts blood flow by tightening muscles, but stretching aids muscle relaxation, increases blood flow and leads to better heart and cardiovascular health. In addition, this improved blood flow to the brain can result in raising your mood.
- Exercise – Not only does being physically active increase your physical condition and immunity to disease, but it also heightens your sense of well-being by ramping up the endorphins. Exercise has been proven to improve focus, sleep quality and self-esteem, while decreasing tension and fatigue.
- Eat Healthy – Nutrition choices can affect the level of hormones in the body that fight stress. Poor diet choices increase lethargy, and raise blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. However, good choices can help calm and heal.
- Discover and Offer Support – This is key to maintaining both good physical and mental health, and can add resilience to stress. Spending time with others who help you achieve your goals can have a protective health effect, while poor support can been shown to have harmful consequences. Importantly, studies have shown that providing support may be even more beneficial than receiving it.
If you are feeling stressed out, this may be a great time to implement these four easy steps to help you feel great both mentally and physically. Pivotal Fitness offers a wide variety of classes that can allow you spend time with those who share the same goals of great health and fitness, and our instructors and trainers are there to give you the tools you need. Visit our website at www.pivotalfitness.com and choose one or more fitness classes to help reduce your stress today.