Keep Your Stress in Check for a Healthier You

When we think about our future, we tend to focus on our grades and whether or not we will get a job, often overlooking our long-term health. During the summer it can be hard to maintain a well-balanced diet with traveling and vacations taking up most of our time. Plus, heading off to college in the fall can mean stressful days full of packing and emotional rollercoasters are ahead.

Take care of yourself so you can perform your best whether at work, school or play. Here are three simple ways to make sure you’re keeping yourself in tip-top shape!

Watch What You Eat

The ability to tackle daily activities directly correlates to the food you eat. Foods that are high in fat tend to make consumers feel more sluggish, versus foods that are not. The Population Health Management Magazine linked unhealthy eating with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of productivity. Also, Web MD stated that eating breakfast not only gives you energy to start the day, but it can also assist in weight control. So next time you think about skipping breakfast, you might want to think twice, and select the healthier option.

Take a Lap

When it comes to exercise, many people feel as if they do not have the time to do so. Typically, people come home from work or school exhausted and want to sleep instead of hit the gym. However, the largest benefit of working out regularly is the boost in energy it provides! According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise helps “deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently.” Further, exercising helps your brain to release endorphins that will in turn make people happy.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Last but not least, stress and emotional management is essential to having a healthy mind. It is normal to have some level of stress in one’s life, however, too much stress can lead to health problems such as heart disease, sleep problems, depression, obesity, and memory impairment. All of these health problems can be detrimental to one’s success. 

Overall, when it comes down to it, eating healthy, exercising, and coping with stress all directly effect how productive one can be. During the summer, it’s important to have fun and relax, but don’t let your healthy habits wall to the wayside. And if you’re heading off to college this fall, remember these simple tips to keep your stress and health in check while handling all the changes around you.

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