Healthy Tips to Deal With Stress

Stress is common in today’s culture. Money is tight for some while others have stressful jobs in the pursuit of money. Family can add to daily pressures as can school, friends and even travel. Yes, we live in a stress filled world. And because of that, we could all use daily techniques to learn effectively, how to deal with stress.
Of course if you need professional help, do it right away. But there are also healthy actions that you can take to learn how to deal with stress, help yourself through depression and feel better. These are just some of the health oriented tips that you can apply to your life.
Diet, diet, diet. Food can make or break a good mood. Unhealthy foods can make you feel aggravated, tense, ill, fatigued and cranky. These are foods that are high in sugar, high in caffeine, or outright junk food. In fact, modern scientific studies are examining to the rise in depression and violence with the rise in unhealthy food consumption as well as lack of proper nutrition.
You can take charge of your health by eating a healthy diet. Keep in mind that nutrition is imperative for healthy brain function; this includes mood. Essential Fatty Acids, especially Omega-3’s, are seriously lacking in the average diet; and EFA’s are necessary for your brain. Help your brain function by eating more fish, nuts, and avocados. Take an EFA supplement. If you are worried about a fishy aftertaste, opt for the kind that have lemon oil added to counteract.
Eliminate junk food as much as possible from your diet. Foods such as chips, soda, donuts, or hamburgers from a fast food restaurant do not contain enough nutrients that your body can use. Your nervous system and your brain depend on all types of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds for health. You can only get these by eating whole foods that contain whole nutrition such as; whole grains, unprocessed meats and proteins, whole and fresh fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, according to the studies in Orthomolecular Medicine, chemicals like those used in food manufacturing, can interfere with the delicate brain chemicals and chemical reactions that control your body. An unhealthy diet can be linked to depression, an inability to deal with stress, mood swings and inability to concentrate. To be on the safe side, try to cut way down on highly processed foods while replacing them with whole foods and let your body eliminate any built up toxins over time. Changing your diet for the better may not only help your mood, but can help ward of disease and other health issues.
Exercise to balance your mood, deal with stress and, hopefully, reduce depression. Exercise helps bring oxygen all through your body. It gets your blood flowing so nutrients are carried throughout your entire body to all your organs, including your brain. It also stimulates the manufacturing of serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. All of this happens naturally while you get more fit and healthy in the process.
Practice relaxation on a daily basis. It is a fact that relaxing takes practice. Dealing with any given situation can be a habit; like getting angry, sad, upset or seeing a negative situation as a challenge instead of stressful. All of this can take years of work, therapy, or counseling.
But you can start learning to take care of yourself and allow yourself time to relax right in the comfort of your own home. Set aside some time every day. One night, perhaps treat yourself to a bath with soothing Epsom salt and essential oils. Another night, listen to your favorite music while lying with your eyes closed. Or try a meditation recording and listen with headphones while you take time for yourself. Practicing relaxation methods is a helpful way to learn how to deal with stress and less depression.
One tip alone will not help you learn how to deal with stress and depression overnight. It will take a series of lifestyle changes and work on your part. But if you do work on yourself and don’t let stress ruin your life, you can change your life for the better.

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