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  • Gilda Gilak, DC, MS

Stress: 10 Easy Way to Ease Stress

Updated: Apr 26

Stress refers to your body's natural reaction to challenges and demands. It can be positive or negative; there are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with it. Sleep quality and quantity are critical indicators of stress, and therefore sleeping well is essential in stress management. Stress is also known as the silent killer, and the typical manifestation is hypertension.

According to CDC, hypertension caused mortality in more than 494,873 in the US in 2018. It also costs $131 billion each year. One of the underlying causes of hypertension is uncontrolled stress.

Chronic stress can deteriorate our health. Stress decreases one's ability to concentrate, weakens the immune response, can cause sleep disruptions, and increase the risk of hypertension and many other cardiovascular diseases.

There is a direct correlation between stress and the following disease:

Depression and Anxiety

Heart Disease

Cognitive Decline

Diabetes

Gastrointestinal problems such as IBS

Accelerated Aging

Insomnia

Stress management strategies are the key to combating stress; luckily, there are natural solutions. Lifestyle modifications such as exercise, nutrition, stress education, and various supplements can help us manage our stress.

  1. Eat and drink to optimize your wellbeing. Many people try to deal with their stress by overconsuming alcohol or food. Although These strategies may seem to help momentarily, they may add to stress in the long term. A well-balanced diet can help to combat stress.

  2. Regular Movement. Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Consider aerobic exercise, strengthening with weights, or movement activities such as yoga or Tai Chi, and set attainable goals for yourself. Aerobic exercise releases endorphins— natural substances that help improve mood, make you feel better and maintain a positive attitude.

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