5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

reduce-stressStress is an unfortunate factor in modern life. Between long hours, trying to make ends meet and each of our individual challenges, the stress can really add up.

Rather than letting it mount to an attack, the key is preventing it in the first place. While we can’t remove all stressors in our lives, we can take steps to ensure stress doesn’t overtake our lives.

Here are 5 ways you can reduce stress in your life:

1. Eat a Healthful Diet

This may seem like common sense, but diet has a tremendous impact not only on our health, but also on our stress levels. Eat a balanced diet consisting of plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meat and other nutrient dense foods. By ensuring your body is getting the nutrients it needs, it will be better able to handle the stresses of daily life.

2. Exercise Regularly

Ensuring you get plenty of exercise also seems like a no brainer, but most people aren’t getting the recommended amount of regular exercise. By exercising regularly, you will be allowing your body to release endorphins, those “feel good” hormones that can naturally reduce stress. Great choices include yoga, walking, weight training and more.

3. Have Fun

So many of us spend our days working, taking care of the house and kids, making sure the bills get paid and all of the responsibilities of life. It’s so important to ensure you’re also having fun. Studies show that smiling and laughing can help reduce stress.

4. Practice Meditation

It’s hard for most of us to slow down and take the time to be mindful in our daily lives, let alone mediate. You can start by setting aside 5 minutes a day to meditate and increase that time by 1 minute per day (or week) until you’re up to your desired amount of time.

5. Take a Magnesium Supplement

Magnesium deficiency is a rampant issue. Since magnesium deficiency has been linked to increased stress, supplementing is important for most people. It’s the easiest and fastest way to get your magnesium levels up to an acceptable level. You can choose a liquid, capsule or powder supplement, or a topical application, but with an oral supplement, you want to look for a type of magnesium your body can easily assimilate like Magnesium Citrate.

natural-calmWhere to Buy Magnesium Supplements

Natural Calm is an excellent magnesium supplement that can be easily assimilated by your body. You can purchase it at your local health food store. It’s also available from Healthy Planet.

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