According to the American Institute of Stress, 77% of people experience stress that negatively affects their physical health! Are you in that 77%? If so, read below on 5 simple activities you can implement to start reducing your stress today!
With societal changes and shifts in norms and expectations, stress has taken over for many of us. We feel stressed about our responsibilities, the pressures of work and family, and our neverending to-do lists. The pandemic and social isolation have only increased those issues.
These are things that we can’t necessarily avoid. So our stress response stays with us longer than it’s designed to. Eventually, it starts to impact our health.
Stress has truly become an epidemic. When your stress isn’t properly managed, it can lead to devastating health problems.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to both manage your stress and counter the effects it has on your body.
How to Manage Your Stress
There are many different ways to cope with stress, and not all of them work for everyone. The best way to manage stress is to try different techniques and figure out what helps you.
Here are some of the most effective ways to manage stress:
This mindfulness technique might have ancient origins, but it’s just as valuable today as it ever was! When you meditate, you shut out the noise around you, clear your mind and slow down, which helps lower your stress levels and provides long-term benefits.
One of the best ways to manage stress is to get your body moving. Any form of physical activity or exercise helps reduce cortisol—the stress hormone—and increase your endorphins to help you feel more relaxed and capable of facing the day!
3. Get Outside
Studies have shown that being outside reduces cortisol levels and promotes a feeling of well-being, helping you feel better even when you’re stressed! If you find yourself starting to stress out, take a walk or spend some time out in your yard.
4. Heal with Art
Whether you’re an artist yourself or simply an appreciator of it, art can help be a stress reducer! The act of completing an art project (even as simple as an ornate coloring page) can help you destress, but so can simply being in an art gallery or spending time looking at art.
5. Reduce Stressors
It’s not always possible to eliminate stress from your life (that’s why managing it is so important). But it’s always worth evaluating your stressors and seeing if you can reduce your triggers. Are there responsibilities you can offload? Is there an environment that stresses you out that you can avoid?
Remember that taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. Not only is it important for your mental health, but it protects your physical health too!
Stress and Your Health
We’ve known for some time that long-term unmanaged stress increases your risk of several illnesses—including anxiety and depression, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and high blood pressure.
But why does stress trigger these conditions?
The answer lies in your cells. When your body has a stress response, the number of free oxygen radicals increases. That’s because your body needs more energy to respond to the stressor.
(Picture what happens if you’re late to something important. Your heart races, you start to sweat, and you panic—all of which take increased energy!)
Free radicals increase to supply the energy. Unfortunately, those increased free radicals don’t just go away after the stress response ends. In fact, they stay in your body and attempt to bond with other molecules, eventually leading to oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is linked to all of the long-term health conditions linked to high stress—heart disease, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes.
The bottom line is, the more stressed you feel, the more damage your body takes. And in the long-term, that damage causes devastation for your body.
OPCs and Oxidative Stress
In order to keep your body protected against free radical damage and oxidative stress, it’s important that you manage your stress. Try the tips we’ve listed here today, and find your own stress-relieving techniques that work!
But what about the damage that’s already been done? What about the free radicals your body has already produced and the potential oxidative stress it’s already suffering?
You can manage that too!
The best way is with antioxidants—naturally occurring compounds that oxidative stress and reduce its effects on the body.
OPCs are super-antioxidants found in nature that reverse oxidative stress and battle free radical damage. When taken together, they multiply each other’s effects, meaning your body will heal better, faster!
That’s why we created OPCXtra, a combination of six powerful OPCs that help your body fight off the damage and start the road to healing.
OPCXtra is the most effective way to reverse oxidative stress, countering the effects stress has had on your body and helping you avoid those long-term negative stress health impacts!
And because we know that all bodies are different, and that some people might experience effects sooner than others, we even offer a 365-day money-back guarantee.
We’re fully confident that you will see the benefit of OPCXtra!
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Don’t wait until stress has torn your body down even more. Join the Optihealth family and reverse the damage today!