04 January 2021

It’s time to rethink how we manage stress today

2:00 Min

1. Care for your basic needs

Ensure you have access to healthy food, water, fresh air, and medical needs. Do your part to make sure everyone in your inner circle and community have the same access to their basic needs. Be generous with your time and resources to aid those who need help the most.

2. Catch some Z’s

Stress and lack of sleep often go hand-in-hand, and your mood and immune system are both dependent on it. Sleep expert Luis F. Buenaver claims that “If you are coping with a difficult situation, you may have more stress hormones than usual circulating in your body. A poor night’s sleep adds even more… It’s like running an engine in fifth gear all the time.” Activate the body’s relaxation response by reducing screen and blue light exposure before bedtime. For more healthy sleep-inducing habits, visit our article here.

3. Do “intuitive eating”

While the phenomenon of “comfort food” helps stave off feelings of sadness and loneliness, healthy food and clean eating is what actually makes us feel better and combat stress. According to Lieberman Research Worldwide, consumers are “seeking foods that have a nostalgic, comforting appeal, and giving themselves permission to break dietary rules in favour of emotional support.” However, most comfort foods are full of saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and processed sugars that take a toll on our bodies. Instead, try intuitive eating, a healthier approach to combating stress.

4. Stop overconsuming the news

It’s important to stay up to date with Covid-19 developments to keep safe. However, constantly being inundated with negative information may lead to harmful consequences. Studies show that 24/7 news coverage following the 9/11 attacks led to PTSD in viewers who were not actually at ground zero. Try to limit news consumption to two or three trustworthy sources a day to help cope with stress and anxiety.

5. Embrace the healing properties of comedy

Laughter has scientific powers! Research Suggests that laughter may improve our immune functions, as it produces antibodies to activate protective cells in the body. Laughter not only induces relaxation, but it’s a healthier mechanism to cope with difficult situations.