Modern life is stressful. There’s no other way to describe it, as we develop and gain more advanced technology, so too does the source and types of our stress. The modern workplace is a hotbed of stressful situations and issues that can cause us great mental fatigue. Managing this to maintain your own health, then, is something you need to be aware of and actively working towards.
So, here’s how you can work to (hopefully) keep relatively healthy even when facing a high level of stress.
Exercise is one of the cornerstones of healthy living. So ensuring that you are active enough to maintain a healthy countenance through the modern stresses of life can be extremely difficult. Especially when you consider that time is very precious, often we consider ourselves not having enough of it.
Exercise improves your mood, gives you more energy, helps you to lose weight and can even help you to sleep better. The fact is that the more you sleep, the better the benefits will be. But, sleeping too much will also cause you issues (being overtired can feel worse than simply lacking sleep).
Try to Reduce Stress
Now, it’s not so easy to simply remove or reduce the stress in your life. If you’re stressed then it is often for a very good reason. But, there may be a few ways that you can work to try and limit the amount of stress that affects you personally on a day to day basis.
Reducing stress in your day to day life can feel like a mammoth task. But, there are a few things you can try out to achieve this: exercising, limiting caffeine, spend more time recreationally (rather than worrying about work), and spend time with people you love.
One really good method is to write everything worrying you, causing your stress or even the small irritations into a diary of sorts. It can even be a simple bullet-point list. Something about having it all written out before you is therapeutic, it allows you to release some of the stress you are feeling through your pen and onto the page. Of course, this isn’t a fix-all and may not work for everyone. But it is certainly a good place to start.
Keep Diet on Track
Eating well is one of the hardest things to manage when you’re going through a stressful period. But, eating badly can only make yourself worse. And the more control you have over your diet, the more you can actively work to reduce your stress. Eating badly–sweets, fatty foods and the like–is natural during stressful periods. But, it can contribute to and even more your stress worse. Eating badly can make you feel bad about yourself, thus contributing to your long-term stress.
So, try to ensure your diet is full of salad, fish, milk (other dairy products like yoghurt also work), good fats, nuts and plenty of tea (it’s a calming drink).
Drink Lots of Water
Hydration is one of the most important things to help maintain your health. However, it can also help when it comes to battling declining health in the face of stress. Stress and dehydration is a difficult cycle. If you are stressed you can become dehydrated, while being dehydrated can also cause you to be stressed. So dealing with one end of the cycle directly can be the most effective way for you to break it.
Making sure that you have enough water consumption in your daily diet, then, is vital.
Sometimes your health is out of your hands and you need to seek professional advice to ensure everything is okay. Our unhealthiness can be a mystery to us in some cases, as we may just consider it a natural symptom of stress or getting older. In some instances, it may not be. And so seeking the advice of a doctor, dentist or likewise is vital to ensure the long-term viability of your health.
Overall, maintaining your health is your main priority and so you need to use all of the above methods to keep this in check.
Natalie Wilson is a freelance writer for many different business publications. With a range of knowledge in the business and insurance sector, she is an avid researcher and writer in the field. Having worked closely with a number of different businesses, including Dental Solutions, Natalie is now looking to specialize in workplace health and disputes and is currently researching and working closely with different health brands for this. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.