The current economic situation is taking its toll on the physical and emotional health of the majority of Americans. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America survey, 80% of Americans are currently stressed about money and the economy.
Dr. Katherine Nordal, the APA’s executive director for professional practice, said "In my 30 years of experience, in the past, this was not the thing that would be high in complaint lists. Most people are driven to counseling because of relationship problems with marriage and children, depression and anxiety. But what we’re seeing today is that the economy and finances are viewed as significantly more stressful, by more than 8 out of 10 Americans,"
With stress levels reaching such high levels across the country, it is imperative to learn how to relax and reduce your stress.
Use these Quick Tips To Help Reduce Your Stress:
- Stop and Take a Break – Take 5 -10 minutes a day to do absolutely nothing. A little break will give your body an opportunity to “reset”.
- Deep Breathing - One of the easiest ways to relax is by taking a deep breath. While breathing, be sure to observe the natural flow of your breath and think about nothing but your breathing for a few moments.
- Lie Down and Rest - Even when you’re busy, try to take at least five minutes to lie down and rest. Short periods of relaxation can give your mind and body time to relax.
- Stretch - Simple stretching can relieve stress. Stretch your arms and legs, while bringing your attention to your body and notice how it wants to move naturally.
Of course these are just a few fast ways to cope with stress when your time is limited. People coping with stress often stop taking proper care of themselves. Don’t let this happen to you. Try to focus on getting enough sleep and eating nutritiously. Having a regular exercise program can also greatly reduce your level of stress. Most importantly, avoid the tendency to overeat, or eat unhealthy food and don’t rely on alcohol to forget your problems or feel better.
Nutritional supplements can also be beneficial to maintain your good health and combat stress. Healthy Choice Naturals Stress B Complex is specially formulated to replenish the nutrients that are most in demand during times when you are stressed.