With the crazy political climate over the past week, Americans have been dealing with a huge cloud of stress that has not been felt in quite awhile. Many of us feel shaken to the bone. Quite often when people feel stressed, they run for something that they think will help them feel better quickly. Many times what comes to mind is the easy fix of high-calorie foods, like French fries and donuts, and lots of alcohol. But de-stressing like that is not healthy and only short-lived. The stress is here. It is real. But learning how to cope, while taking care of yourself, will help ease the stress and have you feeling better. Read below for twenty ways to reduce the stress. If you have healthy de-stressors to add that aren’t included here, please let us know. We’d love to here from you!
1. Sip a cup of hot herbal tea. Camomhile is very soothing.
2. Indulge yourself in a warm bubble bath.
3. Watch a comedy on Netflix.
4. Take a walk in a beautiful part of town.
5. Spend ten minutes each morning, right after you wakeup, meditating. I highly recommend the free app Insight Timer.
6. Enjoy a yoga class and find your zen.
7. Enjoy a delicious plant-based meal. The nutrient-quality of the dish will help you relax.
8. Practice deep breathing. Take in 1 deep breath. Hold it for one minute and release slowly through your nose. Do this two more times. Feel the calm.
9. Call a friend who makes you laugh.
10. Do a good deed for someone. Something as simple as holding the door or delivering a hot meal to a sick friend. Helping someone will make you feel better.
11. Buy a lavender plant and enjoy it’s calming fragrance. Better yet, buy some lavender oil and take a whiff whenever you start to feel tense.
12. Go for a walk with your dog.
13. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
14. Take a walk with a friend.
15. Listen to your favorite tunes.
16. Schedule a lunch or dinner date with one of your friends.
17. Take a hike in a beautiful park.
18. Read a book and escape with stories that bring you pleasure.
19. Donate money, or your time, to those in need.
20. Find something that will make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine!
Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN is the author of the ebook The Trim Traveler: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Fit While Traveling Abroad (Nirvana Press 2014) and The Teen Eating Manifesto (Nirvana Press 2012). She is a nationally-recognized and award-winning Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a specialty in teen and adult weight management, travel nutrition, and diabetes. Lisa received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition and her M.A. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She consults with clients in Huntington, New York and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To find out more about Lisa or to book an appointment, please visit here.