October is Emotional Wellness Month! This month and every month, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle not only physically, but mentally as well. Maintaining a balanced emotional well-being is important to because stress and anxiety can lead to physical symptoms and other chronic conditions. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping stress and anxiety at bay so you can be productive, healthy, and happy:
–Take time each week to do something you enjoy– many individuals experience frustration when their work-life balance leans more towards work. Having something each week that you look forward to can help you feel less stressed and make the work week more bearable. If you don’t have a hobby or activity you like, try something new!
–Find the root of your stress or anxiety and make changes as needed– If it’s possible for you to identify the root of your stress, you may be able to make the adjustments needed to better your lifestyle and eliminate some stressors. If your stress is work related, try to make priority lists for tasks or manage your time more efficiently. If you find your stress is social, family, or relationship related, you may want to consider making changes accordingly to remove or reduce time spent with friends or family members causing you unnecessary stress and sadness.
–Exercise, practice yoga or meditation– Incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine is known to help combat anxiety and depression. In addition, practicing yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques may help you feel more clear-minded and focused on your weekly tasks.
“Spend even five minutes a day calming your mind and there are proven health benefits, including a lowering of blood pressure and hormonal corrections such as reduced cortisol levels, which are associated with inflammation in the body,” suggests Dr. Matthew Kaufman. “Workplace decision making will improve and an ability to ‘receive without reacting’ will give you a competitive edge. Focus on breathing and attempt to eliminate any nagging thoughts while sitting comfortably in a quiet space.”
–Get outdoors– Getting Vitamin D can help depression and anxiety levels drastically! When you start experiencing a stressful situation, go for a walk outside and get some fresh air to clear your mind.
–Change your diet– individuals may feel less stressed and anxious when they eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
–Get more sleep – If you aren’t already getting enough sleep, going to bed an hour earlier might help you feel refreshed and significantly reduce your stress levels.