Here are ten tips for reducing stress and staying healthy:
1. Mind your own business
Minding your own business is golden. This is the one thing my mom drilled in us. It took me a while to get it, but now I am a master. There is peace of mind and reduced stress in staying in your corner and concerning yourself with the things that will directly impact you. Adding other people’s concerns to your already overloaded list is way too much weight.
2. Stay active
Move around as much as you can. If you cannot commit to an entire exercise regime, consider standing more than you sit during the day. At your lunch break, if time permits, go for a walk around the block. If you are at home, do a couple of squats and burpees. Go up and down the stairs a few times. Running behind your toddler is an effective way to get those steps in.
3. Stay hydrated
I am guilty of not always getting enough in a day, but I am up to a consistent six glasses. I will eventually get to 8. There are lots of health benefits to drinking water like:
- Aiding in digestion and preventing constipation
- Flushing toxins from the body
- Promoting healthy skin
- Preventing dehydration
- Boosting immune system
I have started using warm water instead of cold water, and that small change has contributed significantly to healing my stomach.
4. Avoid Overeating
Eat smaller portions of food. After a meal, I like to move around and not suffer from a sleepy syndrome. Eat smaller meals more often during the day. Experts say smaller meals promote an efficient metabolism.
5. Eat more fruits and veggies
Experts recommend that eating 5 to 10 servings of vegetables daily can reduce the risk of stroke, cancer, and heart attacks. With each meal, there should be either fruit or veggies. If you do not like the texture or the taste of veggies, make a smoothie and add a banana. Bananas are a great flavour and a natural sweetener.
In my case, I have to consider my consumption of fruits and veggies to include more alkaline veggies and fruits than acidic. Click here for a guide that I use for quickly identifying alkaline and acidic fruits and veggies.
6. Regular doctor checkups
I am a firm advocate of “prevention is better than cure” According to www.alphacaremedical.net, many illnesses like high blood pressure do not have symptoms; most people do not know they have it until they suffer from a heart attack or stroke.
Schedule an annual physical – get all the milestone tests that are recommended. Early detection of an illness gives you an advantage; you can have whatever addressed. Of course, if nothing is found, that is great as well. At least you will know your status.
7. Drink Less Alcohol
I would occasionally have a glass of wine on a special occasion, which is as far as my alcohol consumption goes. Too much alcohol can contribute to gastrointestinal tract disorders and a long list of other issues. To each his own on this one.
8. Surround yourself with people that do not drain your batteries
It may sound crazy, but the less drama you have in your life, the better it is for your health. Some people always complain, and when they are done pouring into you, you feel weighed down. I know we all have cloudy days, but we have to face those days head-on, those issues head-on, and then move on. If you always have a problem, you might be the problem.
9. Do something you love
What is one thing that brings you joy? Is it reading a book, planning your family outings, painting, dancing, karaoke, cooking, face timing with your loved ones? Do it.
Taking a minute for yourself is beyond important. As parents, moms especially, we know that everything is for and about our little ones, but if our cup is empty, how can we fill theirs? Do something just for you. Indulge yourself with a massage, a manicure or a pedicure. Do deep breathing exercises or just go to bed early. Have you noticed how boosted you feel when you do something for yourself? Before the pandemic started, Friday was my day. I would drop the twins at daycare and take my time to do everything. By the time I went to get them in the afternoon, I had the energy I needed to tend to them again. Now that we are in the pandemic, I try to enforce quiet time daily; it does not always work but I get to read or write a piece when it does.
I found this fun quiz online; it is a life span calculator. We have no idea what our life span is. Ultimately, that knowledge lies with Our Higher Power, but it shows how preventative maintenance may promote longevity.