Life is unpredictable and change is always filled with uncertainty. Between the two, you’re probably dealing with more on your plate than you can swallow. But you aren’t alone. Many Americans are dealing with record-high reported stress levels. Making small adjustments is key to managing your stress and there is no reason you can’t thrive through troubled times.
Tips for Stress Management
Identify Your Source of Stress
The first step to managing your stress is understanding where it comes from. However, this isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. While identifying major stressors may seem easy, it’s usually the accumulation of small stressors that become the most difficult to manage. Try taking an inventory of your life from sleep habits to satisfaction levels.
Move It or Lose It
Exercise is a great stress management method. When you exercise, your body responds by releasing lots of positive hormones — like endorphins. Endorphins inhibit feelings of pain and discomfort, leaving you feeling good. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to conclude how having a flood of endorphins would improve mood.
Though technology can keep us connected with those we care about, some studies indicate it can be a major source of stress. Increased digital use contributes to stress as well as a lack of sleep. If you’re finding yourself overly stressed lately, try giving yourself a digital detox and step away from your phone or tablet for a few hours.
When it comes to stress management, everything starts with your diet. If you eat a diet rich in whole foods your body will be able to better support your immune system which has been shown to improve mood. It makes sense that if you are not getting sick or feeling drained then you are more likely to experience better moods.
Let Us Help You Get Started
Interested in a first-hand experience with eating better? Join us in March for a special event hosted by our own Chef Jim Smith as he prepares heart healthy options designed for older adults who want to live and age well. To learn more, please call 440-961-3693.
Concord Reserve is a Life Plan Community in Westlake, Ohio. We’re focused on supporting the vibrant and active lifestyles of our residents so they can age well. For more information, contact Concord Reserve online at concordreserve.org or by calling 440- 961-369.