Stress

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES -

Be­cause the harm­ful ef­fects of stress seep into many as­pects of ev­ery­day liv­ing such as sleep, re­la­tion­ships, and eat­ing habits among oth­ers, wreak­ing havoc on the body’s abil­ity to cope with in­flam­ma­tion, it can be ben­e­fi­cial to have a stress re­duc­tion plan in place that in­cludes healthy eat­ing.

Here are some stress­bust­ing sug­ges­tions to stay fo­cused and bal­anced for bet­ter health:

• In­clude ava­ri­ety of nutri­ent-dense fruits and veg­eta­bles daily that help fight in­flam­ma­tion.

• Con­sider how the use of caf­feine, ni­co­tine or sugar may be work­ing against your goals for a health­ier life­style.

• Try in­cor­po­rat­ing daily med­i­ta­tion. Try out one of the many smart­phone apps like Headspace and Calm that help with teach­ing, sched­ul­ing and ad­vanc­ing med­i­ta­tion prac­tices.

• Un­plug. Give your­self time be­fore bed to dis­con­nect from tech­nol­ogy such as cell phones, com­put­ers and tele­vi­sion to help set the stage for rest­ful sleep.

• Con­sider log­ging your eat­ing habits to help un­cover pat­terns be­tween how you feel and what you eat.

• Use ex­er­cise as an out­let to help man­age stress. Ac­tiv­i­ties like yoga, tai chi and swim­ming that in­volve in­ten­tional breath­ing can play a ben­e­fi­cial role in stress re­duc­tion.

• Laugh it off. So­cial­iz­ing with fam­ily and friends can help with cop­ing and may boost self-es­teem.

• Stay open-minded about try­ing al­ter­na­tive stress re­duc­tion meth­ods like mas­sage, acu­pres­sure, art ther­apy, aro­mather­apy and hyp­no­sis.

• If your stress is un­man­age­able and you could ben­e­fit from sup­port, don’t be afraid to ask for help. LeeAnn Wein­traub, a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian, pro­vides nu­tri­tion coun­sel­ing and con­sult­ing to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses. She can be reached at RD@hal­facup.com.

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