How well do you manage Stress?
Stress is a normal part of life and everyone has stress. Stress is also not necessarily bad because it gives you energy and sharpens your senses to power though. But the question is how well do you manage your stress? To find out how well you manage stress, take a stress assessment below:
Here are some tips to help you better manage your Stress:
- Get plenty of sleep (between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep every night
- Eat Well skip the junk and comfort food
- Exercise Regularly – regular exercise is good for your health and it a great way to manage stress
- Talk to someone – research shows that talking to someone helps manage stress by lowering the stress hormone (cortisol)
- Take time for yourself- making regular “me time” allows you to maintain energy and balance in life
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American Psychological Association: “The Road to Resilience,” “Coping with Stress and Anxiety,” “Communication tips for parents,” “Mind/body health: Job stress,” “Tips for Preventing and Coping with Stress and Anxiety,” “Stress won’t go away? Maybe you are suffering from chronic stress,” “Five tips to help manage stress,” “For a healthy mind and body: Talk to a psychologist,” “What are the benefits of mindfulness?”
American Heart Association: “Fight Stress with Healthy Habits.”
CDC: “Coping with Stress,” “Nutrition for Everyone: Carbohydrates.”
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: “Marital Distress.”
Cleveland Clinic: “Emotional Wellbeing.”
American Heart Association: “Four Ways to Deal with Stress.”
National Institute of Mental Health: “Adult Stress—Frequently Asked Questions,” “Fact Sheet on Stress,”” Psychotherapies.”
Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine: “Sleep and Mood,” “Assess Your Sleep Needs,”” Twelve Simple Steps to Improve Your Sleep,” “The Nutrition Source: Carbohydrates,” “The Nutrition Source: Ask the Expert: Omega-3 Fatty Acids.”
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Good Mood Foods to Fight Winter Blues.”
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “The Link Between Stress and Alcohol.” National Sleep Foundation: “Caffeine and Sleep,” “National Sleep Poll Finds Exercise Key to Good Sleep.”
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Yoga for Health,” “Research spotlight: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Inflammation and Anxiety in Healthy Young Adults.”
Daily Mail: “A problem shared, really IS a problem halved: Discussing problems with people in similar situations reduces stress levels.”
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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science: “Eating to Manage Stress.”
Columbia Health: “Go Ask Alice!”
UCLA Health: “Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less: Stress-Reducing Foods, Herbal Supplements, and Teas.”
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Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Vitamin C: Fact Sheet for Consumers,” “Magnesium: Fact Sheet for Consumers.”
Colorado State University Extension: “Omega-3 Fatty Acids.”
University Health Center, University of Georgia at Athens: “Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students.”
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