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Swap Stress for Self-Care

May 15, 2016
Self-Care

Most of us have stress, but those who’re winning the battle are those who’ve come up with coping mechanisms to deal with it. Where do you fall on the stress-busting spectrum? Take a minute to think about it.

When stress strikes, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many, it might involve one or more of the following:

  • Eating
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • TV

The trouble is, while many of these quick fixes may offer a momentary reprieve, chances are they’re going to leave you feeling empty, and possibly worse, when it’s time to come back to reality. And so, the cycle of stress continues.

But, there is hope, and help, if you’re ready to break the cycle.

Good stress-busting self-care starts here:

Be Prepared

If heading to the fridge or pantry is the first thought that comes to mind when stress hits, prepare for it. Keep a stock of healthy comfort foods, think fresh fruit and natural snacks, so that when the stress strikes and you reach for a little something to get you through it, you won’t be left with a food hangover after the fact.

Get Moving

After a stressful day when the couch is calling, remember that zoning out in front of the TV generally just puts problems on hold. Want more than a bandaid solution? Getting active can help put stress in its place and put problems in perspective—the Anxiety and Depression Association of America agrees, explaining that exercise produces endorphins which can help you feel energized and produce an anti-anxiety effect.

Don’t Go it Alone

One of the most natural ways to beat stress is by connecting with others. Talking about what’s going on with someone else can help lighten the burden, and getting out of your own head can sometimes put stress in perspective. For those who need a natural stress-busting booster, there’s also Flora 4•Stress (US/CA). This blend of American Ginseng, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, and Schisandra berry extract provides temporary relief from some common symptoms of stress, including fatigue and weakness.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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