Adopt These Healthy Habits for Low Stress Living

Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle With New Habits

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Learning to manage your stress includes many steps. Among those is adopting healthy habits that are designed to lower your stress levels. The food you eat, the exercise you get and your sleeping habits can make a significant impact in controlling stress.

Living a low-stress life can help you in other aspects of your health. It can make you feel better physically and even help you heal from injuries. The mental health benefits are significant because you can learn how to remain calm and handle challenges in healthy ways.

Trying to lead a healthier and less stressful life is not a bad thing. While it may be challenging to make some of these changes, at first, you will be happier and healthier in the end. Once you get started, these habits become just that: habits!

Maintaining Healthy Habits: One Step in a Solid Stress Management Game Plan

Your ability to maintain healthy habits that lead to a lower amount of stress in your life is just one step in a larger stress management game plan. If you are suffering from frequent stress, it's best to take a deeper look at each stage so you can most effectively manage your stress.

  • Step 1: Understand Stress: The Basics You Need To Know
  • Step 2: Assess Your Situation
  • Step 3: Stop Tension Right Now
  • Step 4: Reduce Lifestyle Stress
  • Step 5: Maintain Healthy Habits (you're here!)

Once you learn about stress, assess your situation, relieve current tension and make lifestyle changes, a final and important step in a stress management game plan is to maintain healthy habits.

Cultivating healthy habits will keep your stress levels low and enable you to handle any stress that does come into your life.

This step ensures that stress management becomes a part of your overall healthy lifestyle and not just an activity to help you handle excessively high-stress levels when they become too much. 

5 Healthy Habits for Low-Stress Living

The goal of this step is to reduce stress in your daily life and put into practice techniques you have learned to keep that stress under control. The following are healthy habits that can enhance your lifestyle:

  • Prioritize self-care strategies: All too often, especially when busy, we forget to take good care of ourselves and our bodies. Unfortunately, this type of neglect can exacerbate stress levels and, eventually, lead to health problems. One of the best steps you can take toward lowering your stress levels is to get into the habit of taking care of yourself. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, and focusing on nurturing yourself as well as everyone else.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: You may not be aware of all the ways that poor nutrition can adversely affect you, but there are many, and they aren’t good! Good nutrition can do wonders for your emotional health and should become a habit for you. You’ll feel better, remain healthier, have more patience to handle stress and more stamina to get things done. Definitely worth the effort!
  • Start your day right: What you do in the morning sets the stage for your entire day. You may not be aware that some of the things you do—or don’t do!—can be causing you unnecessary stress, and now is the time to find out what they are! These healthy morning habits can set you up for a great day and a healthy lifestyle that includes less stress.
  • End your day great: Sleep is an extremely important and undervalued resource. Stress can affect your sleep in many ways, such as keeping your mind overly active or your stress hormones high enough to interfere with sleep processes. These healthy nighttime habits can lessen or reverse the effects of stress to help you to get a better night of sleep. They’re easy and can be incorporated into your lifestyle starting tonight.
  • Get regular exercise: The importance of exercise for stress relief can’t be stressed enough. A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise can help you better handle daily stresses, give you an outlet to release tension, potentially provide a social outlet, reduce cortisol levels and raise endorphin levels, and more. 

By Elizabeth Scott, PhD
Elizabeth Scott, PhD is an author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on stress management, positive psychology, relationships, and emotional wellbeing.