How stress affects your body – Sharon Horesh Bergquist

Stress sickness can contribute to many health issues, including: 
Poor sleep
Not being able to concentrate. 
Trouble getting your work done. 
Substance abuse problems. 
Poor food choices. 
Clinical psychologist Adam Borland, PsyD, says a certain amount of stress can help to keep you on your toes. “Experiencing a manageable amount of anxiety and worry helps prepare us to face the challenges of daily living,” Dr. Borland says.Dr. Borland suggests the following steps to help you cope with stress:
Exercise each day. Do some form of exercise each day, whether strength training, aerobic exercise or walking your dog.
Meditate and breathe deeply. Repeat a calming mantra or visualize a serene setting.
Eat healthy. Focus on a balanced diet. Also, limit your caffeine and sugar intake, which can key you up and contribute to anxiety and insomnia
Stay in contact with people who support you. Get support from your spouse or significant other, parents, siblings and friends.
Take part in fun (and socially distant) activities with family and friends. Smile, laugh and be as emotionally present as you can.
Seek calming, creative activities. Try painting or drawing, gardening or cooking.
Be grateful. Focus on areas of life for which you are appreciative. Pay attention to what makes you feel grateful.
Talk to your doctor and, if necessary, seek professional mental health treatment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor, especially if you are coping with depression or anxiety.
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