As most university students would agree, school is stressful. In fact over the past three years, I sometimes felt the stress to be getting overwhelming and contributing to anxiety. On some days, I would find it hard to get up and face the day. Thankfully, I made the decision to start eating more healthfully and that began a transformation for myself. Many people fail to realize the strong connection between our minds and bodies and how treating one of them improperly can lead to the other being affected. Here are some simple things that you can do to overcome stress and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Drink more water
Drinking more water can have profound effects on our health. When you consider the fact that our bodies are made up of 70% water, it makes sense that we need water for in order for our bodies to work efficiently. It flushes out toxins, hydrates us and contributes to clearer skin. It also improves energy and reduces fatigue. Fatigue can lead to stress as if we are always tired and unable to tackle assignments, this can cause a lot of anxiety. Water can also boost our immune system.
Not only is physical exercise great for keeping our bodies in shape and looking great in a bathing suit, it also helps clear our mind and tackle stress. Exercise releases endorphins which are powerful chemicals that give us a natural high feeling. Exercise can also improve self-esteem and relieve tension. It can also provide a distraction to help clear your mind.
Mindfulness is concerned with the awareness that occurs when we pay attention to the current moment. When we can become more aware of our bodies and the feelings we are having from moment to moment, we can reshape our brains for greater emotional balance.
Here are a few short videos that help explain mindfulness:
Kindness, besides making others happy, has positive effects on our health. It can help us feel better, give us heathier hearts and battle aging.
Kindness can also be contagious and when we “pay it forward”, we encourage others to do the same.
Unfortunately, I find that most people in life look for the negative in others and tend to be very critical. Why? Is this how we make ourselves feel better about ourselves? Negativity only creates more negativity. Scientific research has found that the synapses in our brain can be wired to fire in similar patterns. Therefore, thinking negative thoughts creates more negative thoughts. Essentially, we are training ourselves to be consistently negative. These negative thoughts also weaken our immune systems and cause us to become sick. We can literally make ourselves sick from being a negative person.
So why not try being more positive. Does it have the opposite effect? It doesn’t exactly work the same but thinking positively does open our minds and cause us to see more possibilities and opportunities in life. This is turn helps us deal with stressful situations in our lives.