5 Ways to Minimize Stress and Anxiety
We are living through very stressful times. People are scared, worried, and because of it, more short-tempered. Frayed nerves are a constant companion to each day. Stress and anxiety can not only be debilitating but can have an impact on your health. Here are five ways you can reduce stress and anxiety to protect your health.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep and kids need even more. Getting enough sleep is essential to good health, but it is also one of the best ways to keep stress and anxiety under control.
Study after study has proven the value of exercise in combatting stress and anxiety. Not only does exercise improve your immune system, but the production of endorphins during exercise creates a natural anti-anxiety and anti-stress physiological response in the body.
Meditation, in its purest form, is an exercise to focus and clear the mind. Actively practicing on emptying your mind of all the worries you have can make a measurable difference in your ability to fight stress. Even 10 minutes of sitting quietly with no disruptions can make a measurable difference in how you feel.
4. Say NO
There’s something very empowering about saying no. Whether you’re turning down an invitation to get together that makes you worry about your ability to social distance or you are too overwhelmed to take on one more volunteer project, it’s ok to say no and prioritize your own needs.
5. Focus on Self Care
Self-care can mean something different for different individuals. For some, self-care is a bubble bath and a mani-pedi. For others, it’s indulging in a little Netflix binge-watching. Do what makes you feel like you’re caring for yourself to reduce stress and anxiety.
Sometimes, you need help finding ways to minimize stress and anxiety. When you do, we hope you’ll reach out to Solstice Health & Wellness. For us, wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise, or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Call us today at 941-330-9797 or fill out the form to schedule your appointment.