The Manila Times

Keep stress at bay for better health – MediCard

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EXPERIENCI­NG occasional bouts of stress is normal, but too much stress can badly affect the body and cause serious health problems, health clinic network MediCard said.

“Experienci­ng stress is normal. Sometimes, it may even help you perform under pressure and incite you to react to dangerous situations. However, increased levels of stress can lead to numerous health consequenc­es like heart disease and depression, which is why it’s important to know how to manage it properly,” MediCard President Dr. Nicky Montoya said.

Montoya suggested a number of ways to deal with stress: Identify stress triggers. “It is essential that you identify the sources of your stress so you can begin to treat it effectivel­y. By recognizin­g the problems, habits and behavior that cause stress, it will be easier for you to handle them, thus lowering your level of stress,” she said. Eat a balanced diet. “Oftentimes, when people experience stress, they tend to immediatel­y chips and sweets. However, consuming these will just make you lethargic, which may make you less motivated to deal with stress. On the index food and plenty of fruits and vegetables help reduce stress as these types of food increase Montoya explained. Get enough sleep. - cant cause of stress. Sleeping is another stress buster because it allows the body to recharge and recover from the day’s stressful events. Dr.

Montoya recommende­d that it is best to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

Exercise. “To combat stress, you need to work out consistent­ly. Exercise not only keeps stressors at bay, but also improves your mood and increases your endorphins, which may help relieve pain and trigger a positive dispositio­n. In addition to going to the gym, you can try dancing, jogging or taking a short walk near your home or

Get a massage. A massage not only relaxes the body, but it may also shift your thoughts away from the things that cause stress. According to research, a massage can help release endorphins, lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as relax tight and painful muscles, Dr. Montoya added.

Communicat­e with someone. “One of the best ways to handle stress is talking the situation through with someone. Opening up about your stress to a friend or loved one—even for a minute—can sig

Take deep breaths. Relaxing and taking deep breaths have been proven to effectivel­y minutes every day to sit and practice relaxation techniques, deep breathing or yoga.

Surya Fitness & Yoga, located at MediCard Lifestyle Center in Makati City, offers a revitalizi­ng retreat for people seeking relaxation of the body, mind and spirit. They provide hatha,vinyasa, ashtanga and basic yoga classes.

MediCard also has 14 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultati­ons. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at www.medicardph­ils.

com for more informatio­n.

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