Stress is a big part of life. As adults we seem to have to deal with it everyday. Since it is such a big part of life, it makes sense to develop healthy habits that can protect you from its harmful effects. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.
Talk with family and friends.
A good friendship is great medicine. Spending time talking as well as listening can be an excellent way to process thoughts and feelings. Call or email friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and be sure to listen to them.
Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Studies show that physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Embrace the things you are able to change.
While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others. As I’ve gotten older, my joints are wearing down and I have been forced to find a different form of physical activity besides running.
Remember to laugh.
Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.
Give up the bad habits.
Too much alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine or soda pop can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to eliminate soda pop asap.
Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush. Spread things out, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.
Get enough sleep.
Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. If you can’t sleep, take steps to help reduce stress and depression. Physical activity also may improve the quality of sleep and life in general.
Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
Practice giving back.
Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you. Contribute regularly to a legit charity.
The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.
There are essential oils that you can use to help deal with the affects of stress. Bathing in a lavender bath, diffusing lemon or other citris blends are great ways to help alleviate stess!