Exercise Reduces Stress – 4 Simple Actions To Take Today
To say that we experience stress from time to time is an understatement. From long work hours to family obligations and trying to find personal time in between, our schedules are often packed from morning to night. If no pressing health issues are affecting us, we often find ourselves pushing our wellness onto the back burner because we just “don’t have time for it.”
Just take this moment to think about how chronic stress can eventually manifest into a variety of issues. It affects our mental clarity, our emotional well-being, and especially our physical health. However, intentional stressors in some ways can help tremendously.
Curious how exactly that might be the case? Consider these:
- Get moving to get de-stressed! If you’re feeling the pressure from life, make the effort to block off time in your schedule for exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which are happy hormones that will help boost your mood, making it a great outlet for healthy stress management. Even a few minutes of increased heart rate can do wonders! Think: Jumping jacks, lunges, high knees, dancing!
- Meal prep. In stressful situations, food can serve as the ultimate comfort and coping mechanism for many people. As you may have discovered though, this is a harmful habit that can derail your health and your fitness. If this is something that you struggle with, consider this an opportunity to try meal planning and prepping in order to manage stress-eating. Choose 2 proteins and 2 veggies every week to cook up and divide into containers.
- Practice conscious recovery. At INTENTIO, we are constantly emphasizing a 360-approach to health, so we would never leave out the importance of recovery for your body and mind. Practicing daily habits that will help you stay connected to your most important asset – your health!
- Get enough sleep. Without enough rest, we will never have enough energy to manage everything on our plates, and if our brains don’t have the energy to function, life can get unbearable. So don’t compromise your sleep. Set a hard stop for all your evening tasks. Set a reminder on your phone or on your fitness tracker to get to bed on time. No matter what you hear from different sources, you’ll need to block off at least 6-8 hours a night for some quality rest. CHECK OUT THIS NEW BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR CALLED WHY WE SLEEP
With EXERCISE, NUTRITION, and RECOVERY in mind, you have plenty of healthy ways to keep stress from damaging your health. If you have a tip that has helped you manage your stress levels, share it with us!
Want to live a more stress-free life? Chat with a coach to learn about how healthy habits can help you thrive.