Living the healthiest lifestyle you can involves more than eating right and exercising. You need to take care of your emotional and mental well-being as well as your physical health — and that means learning how to manage stress. Every time we experience anxiety caused by work, family issues or another challenge, it can cause actual harm to our bodies. For example, stress has been shown to elevate the heart rate, which can lead to higher blood pressure, a weakened circulatory system and even heart disease. Feeling nervous or uptight also can impact your immune system, making you more susceptible to disease.
Although there is no shortage of pharmaceutical solutions that can help reduce your stress level, a natural and holistic approach may be just as effective, and without side effects. Simply adding more physical activity to your day or regularly taking a break from your digital devices can make a tremendous difference. A balanced diet rich in nutrients will give your body the fuel it needs to successfully recover from stress overload. Even making time to play with your pet can help reduce anxiety and provide a much-needed distraction.
If you’re trying to take better care of yourself, don’t allow stress to throw a wrench into your plans. The accompanying infographic contains some valuable information you can use to overcome the negative effects of stress and successfully keep it at bay.
Author bio: Nadia Ameri is a Psychologist and Certified Flower Essence Therapist for The Flower Apothecary, a provider of flower essences that support the healing of negative emotions. She has more than 13 years of experience in the industry and focuses on creating natural remedies through homeopathic healing by studying and formulating flower essences.
Infographic provided by The Flower Apothecary