Keep stress at bay for bet­ter health – MediCard

Manila Times - - HEALTH INDUSTRY -

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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