To a certain degree, stress is a normal part of life. But all indicators suggest that stress has gotten out of hand for many adults and teens in the US.
The Global Organization for Stress reports:
- Stress is a top health concern for US high schoolers.
- Four in five adults feel stress on the job.
- Three out of four adults report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month.
At St. Thomas Medical Group, our physicians are committed to your total wellness, which includes understanding your stress triggers, family relationships and social issues so that we may provide a higher level of comprehensive care.
We encourage you to talk with your primary care providers about how you can reduce stress and improve your overall health with tactics like these…
#1 Exercise When You’re Feeling Stressed
Exercise releases endorphins, which boost mood, reduce perceptions of pain, and improve your outlook. Even as little as a half-hour of walking or jogging can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health.
#2 Cut Out the Triggers
Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can worsen stress. Try replacing caffeine and alcohol with non-caffeinated teas, natural fruit juices, water and healthy beverages.
#3 Create a Bedtime Routine
Stress often makes it difficult to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. Avoid screens and intense mental activity in the hours leading up to bedtime. Also, set a regular bedtime and try to stick to the new routine. Caffeine should be avoided in the evening, and alcohol consumption kept to a minimum.
#4 Talk to a Friend
Sometimes just talking to a friend about the factors stressing you can make you feel better. You might find that talking about your problems out loud brings some perspective. You may find solutions and realize that some problems aren’t as bad as you initially thought. At the very least, it’s often comforting just to be heard and seen by others.
#5 Be Realistic About Your Time
If you try to cram everything into your day and find yourself stressed when you run out of time, then you might be able to de-stress by re-evaluating your expectations! Create a schedule that more accurately reflects what you’re capable of completing. Check things off as you go through your day. And, remember, it’s okay to say no to things that aren’t on your schedule or to-do list!
#6 Make Time for Yourself
Having hobbies and time for relaxing is an important part of a healthy, well-rounded life. Find activities that you enjoy in order to reduce stress!
Need a local primary care provider who will listen to you and advocate for your health and well-being? Find a primary care doctor in Nashville at St. Thomas Medical Group. Call +1 (615) 297-2700 or schedule online.