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Handling Stress

- October 11, 2019 by Paula Tetrault (View all posts by Paula)

When the going gets tough, what do you do? When it is crunch time, and stress levels are high, all of my best intentions for healthy eating and working out are the first to go. Who has time to be healthy? And cook? And fit in a workout? I have so many other things that need to get done now!

Wellness is a state of mind, and it has many dimensions. By looking at it as a process, we can see that sometimes the gears (nutrition, exercise, stress, etc.) may not be maintained all the time. But it is essential to understand that just because one component is out of sync, the entire process is NOT faulty. 

Steer clear of the ‘all or nothing’ approach. You can continue to make nutritious choices, even if you missed a workout. You can continue with a positive attitude, even if your day goes badly. It is ok if there are a few mishaps along the way. Remember, this is a process. And this process will prepare you to make earnest choices when the going gets tough.

Here are small changes that you can make along the way to improve the process:

  • Drink water instead of soda.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Pack your lunch.
  • Fuel up at regular intervals on foods like fruit, nuts, and yogurt.
  • Take the stairs.
  • Take a deep breath to clear your mind…momentarily.

As you read this Blog from your computer screen, may I make one more suggestion? GO OUTSIDE! Put down that phone, get away from that computer! A study published in Scientific Reports shows that the sounds of nature can bring us to a relaxed state. Making a little time for nature – a hike, a weekend escape to the mountains, a camping trip, or a visit to the ocean can improve our mood, our outlook, and even increase our lifespan. Nature is the Best Medicine!!

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