Eat and move your way to calmness
The first thing many of us do when faced with a stressful situation is to overindulge in unhealthy, ‘comfort’ foods such as ice cream, preferably while vegetating on the sofa! Unfortunately this makes us feel even worse – psychologically and physically. So what should you do when you are stressed?
Being active can also boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.
Build up your fitness level gradually. Excitement about a new program can lead to overdoing it and possibly even injury. If you’re new to exercise, start at the moderate level and then add vigorous activity as your fitness improves.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of exercise you do; what’s most important, studies find, is that you do something you enjoy, not something you feel you simply have to do. Otherwise, you’re just stressing yourself out again!