Stress is something all of us feel now and again- and in 2020 stress levels seem to have been dialed to 11 for many of us.
If you are feeling the stress more this winter and are also suffering from seasonal affective disorder - it’s important to try all that you can to reduce stress and make you happier. Today we want to talk about how you can use healthy habits to reduce stress in a natural way and keep you happy and healthy this winter.
The first thing you can do to reduce stress levels in the body is take health care supplements and multivitamins each day. Our bodies need a certain level or vitamins and minerals each day to work effectively - and it is our job to provide that. By doing this, we will reduce stress levels by allowing the body to function in tip top condition without any strain. The better you feel physically, the less stressed you will feel.
Eat foods for your gut
Have you ever noticed that when you feel bloated and fatigued, you also feel more stressed? The food we eat is incredibly important for our mental health and your diet could be piling on the stress as well as the pounds. Try to choose foods which are good for the gut such as sweet potato, and put less stress on your stomach when digesting your meals. By doing this, your body won’t feel bloated and you won’t feel as stressed.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress because it rewires the brain and releases endorphins to make us feel happy. By exercising for 30 minutes every day, you will see a reduction in stress levels and your energy will also increase. Moving around will not only make you feel more relaxed, but it will also promote a healthy body and increase your self-esteem.
Learn to switch off
2020 has hit many of us hard when it comes to work - and those of us working from home have likely been put under extra pressure to get things done to prevent the company going under. However, when working from home you should still conform to office hours, and this means not staying working for hours after you should have clocked out. Learning to switch off can be hard when you know there’s work to do, but it is crucial for your health and well-being.
Connect with loved ones
The stress many of us feel at the moment is likely down to the fact that a lot of us haven’t seen our loved ones for a long time. When we go so long without seeing family members, mental health is impacted and we feel depressed, and this causes stress. Make sure to stay connected with your loved ones in small ways whether it be a quick catch up at the end of the driveway or a phone call. Connecting with family now is more important than ever and it will make everyone feel happier.