Stress and Your Health - Part 2

Stress is a part of modern life. It's not going away anytime soon. Yesterday we talked about the negative effects of long-term stress on our bodies. Today, let's talk about healthy and effective ways to reduce, manage, and combat stress.

It would be great if whenever our stress levels were on the rise, we could cancel everything and go relax on a warm, sandy beach. Chances are, that's not an option for most of us. Here are some great tips from Web MD for dealing with the stresses you can't escape.

  • Keep a positive attitude. A glass half full attitude is helpful not just to yourself, but everyone around you.
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
  • Be assertive instead of aggressive. Assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi for stress management. We offer all of these at Cal Fit, check out our classes.18368_BLOG_Men'sHealth_Stress_InBlogIMG2
  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it is fit. If you don't already have a membership, come meet us, we'd love to help!  And if you want to unwind while exercising, try out our Downtown club's cardio theater!
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Check out the #NutritionFits videos on YouTube for some practical nutrition help from nutritional therapist Stacey Maedge.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
  • Set limits appropriately and learn to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
  • Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation. Check out our Cal Fit Events page for some upcoming opportunities for learning, growth, and FUN.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you enjoy.18368_BLOG_Men'sHealth_Stress_InBlogIMG
  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

The holidays are rapidly approaching, which for many of us leads to extra pressure and tension. Check out these 30 Ideas for Self Care During the Holidays. The Movember Foundation provides resources for improving your mental health, too. What are some of the effective tools you've discovered for reducing stress in your life?