If you’re anything like us, stress can get the best of you every once in a while. Sometimes it’s the big presentation that’s due, other times it’s the spilled coffee, the traffic jam, the homeschooling, crazy social calendar, the sick kid AND the rescheduled appointment that stack up over the course of the day to leave you feeling less than your best.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to manage stress. And managing your stress can have health benefits. Some things you may want to try are:   

  • Regular physical activity

  • Mindfulness or meditation

  • Spending quality time with family and friends

  • Hobbies

  • Keeping a sense of humor  

Managing stress can come in all different shapes and sizes. But, be wary of the potentially harmful “stress relief” activities that might seem relaxing but that can increase your stress in the long term. Activities like watching TV, surfing the internet, playing video games, or scrolling through your social newsfeeds have been shown to increase cortisol (the stress hormone) and prevent the production of Melatonin (the hormone that tells our body when it’s time to sleep).

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, getting enough sleep and paying attention to your nutrition are excellent ways to manage your stress in a healthy way. On the flipside, always avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol, and the use of any other illicit substances.

Even if you’re careful to follow the steps above stress can still be tough to manage. Try De Stress + Relax to help relax, De-Stress + Focus to help focus, and De-Stress + Snooze to help you fall asleep*.