For most of us, stress is simply a part of life and we try our best to manage it. But stress can lead to all sorts of short- and long-term consequences, both mental and physical. It can keep you up at night, which affects your mood and your ability to make smart exercise and diet choices. With that said, we promise we’re not trying to stress you out. In fact, we’ve put together some tips, advice, and strategies to help you bring your stress levels down.
How not to get stressed about stress
Compared to times when they’re not under stress, people who are under stress eat more junk food, drink more, smoke more, and avoid exercise more. That doesn’t mean you have to be one of them. But first things first—if you feel like chronic stress is a problem, talk to your doctor. He or she can suggest ways you can deal with stress. But if you want to start busting stress now, here are a few ideas you can try.
- Look out for one of the most important people in your life: You
- Give yourself some quiet time, every day
- Get plenty of sleep
- Count on family and friends for support
Five more stress relievers
Wouldn’t it be great if the list of stress relievers were as long as the list of stress makers? Then things like work, money, family, traffic, and long lines wouldn’t constantly try to come between you and your diet and exercise schedule. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Check out the five tips we’ve put together to help you manage your stress and stick to your goals.