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12 Tips for a Healthy 2019

Tuesday Jan 15, 2019
12 Tips for a Healthy 2019
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Brielle Kelly, Cherisse Godwin, and Kristy Hsiao are the authors of the new book "What's Your Season? Healing Principles and Recipes for Your Body Type" — a fresh approach to living well, bringing together the best of Eastern and Western medicine to help people optimize their health.

"No matter where you go," said Kelly, "no matter how many people you see, there is one common insight you will find: people want to feel better. That's it. They want to feel better and look better."

Here they offer advice on how to deal with stress.

Eat — during stressful situations, we often crave refined carbohydrates or foods that are high in fat, salt, or sugar. However, those are the same foods that hamper liver function, disrupt the flow of energy in our bodies, and affect our ability to respond to stress effectively.

  • A diet of whole, unprocessed foods including whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts are more beneficial, especially in times of stress.

  • Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables, in particular, can help to support liver function and harmonize energy.

  • Calming foods and herbs like brown rice, oats, basil, chamomile, and peppermint are beneficial for soothing the mind and improving mental focus.

  • Intermittent fasting and mild cleanse can be helpful as spring approaches for rebooting, recharging, and detoxifying the system.

    Do — exercise, activity, and making social connections are all important ways to alleviate stress.

  • Aerobic exercise enhances the circulation of the brain's "feel-good" chemicals: serotonin, norepinephrine, and endorphins.

  • Mindfulness-based activities like yoga and tai chi are great ways to reduce mental stress, while massages and stretching are beneficial for releasing bodily tension.

  • Spending time outdoors or in contact with nature increases feelings of relaxation and well-being and can be just as important to health as sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet.

  • Connecting with friends, family, colleagues, and community members provides us with emotional support and an essential social network.

    Absorb — our surrounding environment plays a large role in our exposure to stressors and how we react to those stressors.

  • We can reduce our exposure to stress by minimizing the time we spend with people who introduce drama, conflict, or negativity into our lives.

  • Turning off news channels or finding more neutral sources of news can limit our exposure to sensationalistic media coverage.

  • Creating calming environments, especially before bedtime, is beneficial for releasing the stress of the day; turning off phones and tablets, playing relaxing music, lighting candles, and meditating can all help to quiet and soothe the mind.

  • Taking time for ourselves and practicing self-care is essential. Setting boundaries and limiting items on our to-do lists helps us to manage our time more effectively and spend it on priorities.

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