Wellness & Coping with Stress

In times of crisis, stress can greatly impact our immune system. We need to care for
our immune systems, and also look after those who need our help.

With our normal daily lives and routines disrupted, it is important that we focus on
wellness and self-care; not only physically but also mentally.

The following are some daily habits you can try to put into your new routine to practice
staying fit and healthy.
Are you practicing daily health habits to help in keeping you free from illness? Diet and
exercise are part of that, but there are habits that extend beyond this that can result in
helping your emotional well-being. Here are a few suggestions to help you apply
healthy habits to your own life.

Hydration – Hydration is key. If you don’t hydrate yourself, you cause bodily stress
and affect proper functioning of your organs. Your body depends on water in order to
survive. For example, water:

Lack of hydration leads to dehydration, which can drain your energy and make you
tired. So how much water does the average adult need? Drinking eight 8-ounce
glasses of water a day is easy to remember, and also a reasonable goal. Some people
might need less than that and some perhaps more. That would all be based on your
lifestyle: exercise, environment, overall health, and those that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

There are many ways to make it easier to track your water intake. You can try using a
marked gallon jug or there are also phone apps to measure your intake.

Journaling – While it can seem tedious, journaling can be done in various ways
including video journaling and also several apps that you can download if you don’t
want to do pen and paper. It’s helpful because it is a direct connection to stress levels
and can help reveal what is stress-inducing you, where you may not have seen an
issue.
Here are five good virtues of journaling:

  1. Reduces Stress. An overabundance of stress can be damaging to your physical,
    mental, and emotional health. It’s a proven fact. Journaling is an incredible
    stress management tool, a good-for-you habit that lessens impact of physical
    stressors on your health. In fact, a study showed that journaling for only 15-20
    minutes a day, 3-5 times over the course of a four-month period was enough to
    lower blood pressure and improve liver functionality. Plus, writing about stressful
    experiences can help you manage them in a healthy way. Most people have
    found that pre-bedtime is a good time establish journaling. Others have found it
    helpful to journal throughout the day as thoughts are in their mind. Find a time
    each day that works for you and establish that has a routine.
  2. Improves Immune Function. Believe it or not, journaling can strengthen your
    immunity and decrease your risk of illness.
  3. . Keeps Memory Sharp. Journaling also helps keep your brain in shape. It boosts
    comprehension and memory, as well as, increases your working memory
    capacity, which may improve cognitive processing.
  4. Boosts Mood. Want more positivity in your life? Journaling and help. A
    distinctive outcome of journaling is it can give you a great sense of overall
    emotional well-being. It can improve your mood and give you a greater sense of
    overall emotional well-being.
  5. Strengthens Emotional Functions. The longer her practice journaling, the
    more positive results you will recognize. People who journal on a regular basis
    become more in tune with their health by connecting with inner needs and
    desires. Journaling induces mindfulness, while keeping perspective.

Writing daily allows one to release stress or concerns and identify trigger points you to
work out in your life. Reducing stress means a calmer body and mind, which improves
efficiency and boosts your immune system to help fight off illness.

Meditation-Most people might think it is too difficult to meditate or don’t have the
time. Meditation assists in slowing your body down. You can focus on root issues and
gather more emotional control of yourself. It helps you to calm down from life’s daily
issues or problems with work, children or any problems that are upsetting.

If you don’t deal with life issues, your body can become tensed and stressed. This, in
turn, increases blood pressure, causes headaches and leads to a lowered immune
system. Simple daily meditation habits can help keep your well-being intact. If you are
just starting out for the first time, 5-10 minutes every day is good. If that seems too
long then try 2-5 minutes and slowly increase a time that works for you. There are
many ways to meditate. Some people prefer complete silence, while other prefer
relaxing music your sounds. There are also many apps you can download on your
phone to help.

By applying these healthy habits to your daily routine, you will start to notice that your
immune system will strengthen and you will a better sense of well-being. Keep in mind
that applying healthy habits are more than just diet and exercise. It’s also about
keeping your mind and emotions in good health, as well.