This may be a very stressful time for a lot of people right now with the outbreak of Covid-19. Fear and anxiety may be taking over with strong emotions. Each of us can only handle so much before reaching our breaking point. It’s natural to turn to food or alcohol when dealing with stress. It’s very important to find ways to reduce stress so you can be productive, not destructive.
Things to do to alleviate stress:
- Exercise! Your body needs to sweat! It sheds the hormone, cortisol, and helps to remove those unwanted toxins. I always find that when I exercise, I am in such a better mood! This is truly an instant mood booster!
- Breathe! Make sure you stop and breathe in deeply and exhale! This will calm your central nervous system… The longer you exhale, the more calming effect.
- Take breaks from watching the news (including social media). So much of the news isn’t even true. Trying to create more panic and will just upset you more.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Include lots of veggies in your diet. Check out my tips on eating veggies.
- Some great mood boosters include, berries, nuts, beans, walnuts and green veggies. Try and get plenty of these in your diet each day. Here’s a great recipe to try using berries!
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol slows down the brain and central nervous system and can cause depression.
- Make time to unwind and enjoy life.
- Clear the clutter in your house. Start small and don’t try and do everything at once. Clutter causes stress in itself. So decluttering will help organize yourself and make you feel better. I know when my home is clean and put together, I feel good. But the minute it starts to get messy and cluttered, I begin to notice a change in my attitude. It’s just overwhelming!
- As you get organized, you may need help with meal planning! Check out my meal plans to try it for free! No credit card required! We have lots of plans available.
- Connect with your friends and family. Talk with others about your concerns and how you are feeling. Know that you aren’t alone. We are all in this together.
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