What’s Stress Got to Do with It?

More than you think! High stress levels can take a toll on your relationships at home, work, and school, and on your overall health. There is both mental and physical stress. One of the most dangerous things about stress is how easily it can sneak up on you.
Everyone handles stress a little differently. Something that’s stressful to you may not be to someone else. For example, rush hour traffic might make you want to pull out your hair when you’re running late; however, other drivers may find the trip less stressful—even enjoyable—because perhaps they’re listening to a book on CD or newly downloaded music. They’ve found a way to cope.

Living day-to-day with high stress can cause people to adopt poor habits like smoking, inconsistent exercise and unhealthy eating, which happen to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In other words, if you’re not actively coping with your high stress, it can have a serious effect on your body and overall health! Stress also starts a harmful hormonal cascade beginning with cortisol, which can affect your heart rate, blood pressure and digestive system.

What can you do about it? Don’t forget about the basics. Here are a few essential lifestyle tips from your True Health Clinical Health Consultants to help you manage your health and handle stress:

  • Eat healthy whole foods (think whole fruits and veggies)
  • Get the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep
  • Exercise most days of the week
  • Practice meditation or deep breathing
  • Connect with people (and pets) in your life
  • Schedule time in your day for hobbies you enjoy

– True Health Clinical Health Consultant Jody Drange, RD, ACSM-HFS

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For more information on nutrition for exercise and other lifestyle tips, contact True Health Diagnostics at 877-443-5227 to set up an appointment with a Clinical Health Consultant.

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