How to Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress can wear your body down, mentally and physically. But a healthy body can cope with stress better than an unhealthy one. There are several important things you can do to keep your body healthy.

Staying active – Physical activity is an excellent stress-buster. It also helps you stay healthy by keeping your bones and muscles strong, helping you sleep better, and warding off chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week and more.

Sticking to a healthy diet – That means lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, and less sugar, red meat, refined and processed foods, and saturated fats. If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to a drink a day if you’re a woman and two drinks a day if you’re a man. If you smoke, quit!

Having balance in your life – Give yourself permission to take time to just relax and have fun. Do something you enjoy or have always wanted to do: take an art, dance, cooking, or language class; meet friends for regular walks.

Keeping a good attitude – Focusing on the positive by laughing, staying in the present and sharing your feelings.

Getting enough sleep – Not getting enough sleep also increases stress and can make you less able to handle stressful situations. Try taking a bath before bed; avoiding alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and heavy meals near bedtime.