Healthy Lifestyle

Adopting a healthy lifestyle

Exercise regularly.

Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Even if this time is split up throughout the day, it will play a role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress.

Eat a healthy diet.

Always start your day by eating breakfast, and continue to eat nutritious meals throughout the day. By keeping your body well-nourished, it will be better able to cope with stress.

Reduce caffeine and sugar.

While caffeine and sugar may provide you with an immediate source of energy, they do not have lasting effects and usually cause you to crash. Reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks, you will feel more relaxed.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.

Although these substances are often used to provide an easy escape from stress, the relief is only temporary and can ultimately have very harmful effects on your body. Deal with your problems head on with a clear mind.

Get enough sleep.

Feeling tired increases your stress level by causing you to think irrationally. Getting plenty of good sleep will cause you to feel refreshed by giving you more energy.

Unhealthy ways of coping with stress include:

  • Smoking
  • Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs
  • Using sleeping pills or tranquilizers to relax
  • Overeating or eating too little
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
  • Filling your day with too many activities to avoid facing problems