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Managing Stress: 5 Helpful Tips From Dr. E

As the world accelerates, stress levels are skyrocketing, affecting the well-being of many. In recognition of Stress Awareness Month, Dr. Efrat LaMandre shared invaluable advice on FOX 19 Now Cincinnati Ohio regarding effective stress management techniques. She emphasizes the importance of implementing simple, yet powerful strategies for managing stress. Let’s explore Dr. LaMandre’s five essential tips for managing stress in our daily lives.

Prioritize Sleep

To kick off her tips, Dr. LaMandre highlighted the significance of prioritizing your sleep. She stressed the importance of not dismissing a good night’s rest, as it plays a crucial role in reducing cortisol levels and boosting resilience for the upcoming day. A restful sleep can be a game-changer in dealing with daily stressors.

Stay Active

Movement is a natural stress reliever. Dr. LaMandre advises that you don’t have to engage in long or intense workouts to experience the benefits. A simple 30-minute stroll can do wonders for clearing your mind and decreasing stress levels. Physical activity is an accessible and effective method to bust stress and enhance your mood.

Mindful Practices

Mindfulness may sound complex, but it’s quite straightforward. Dr. LaMandre describes mindfulness as being fully present and engaged in the moment. Whether it’s savoring your food or deeply listening in a conversation, mindfulness is the art of appreciation. It’s an easy practice that can significantly reduce stress by anchoring you in the ‘now’.

Connect Socially (Offline)

Dr. LaMandre points out a common misconception: social connections don’t equate to social media interactions. She encourages genuine, human-to-human connections, which could be as simple as having lunch with a friend or a Zoom call with a loved one. These interactions release positive chemicals in the brain that combat stress, showing that sometimes stepping away from digital devices is a step toward better mental health.

Limit Stimulants

The last tip might be challenging for some, but it’s essential. Dr. LaMandre warns about the stimulation of our stress responses through caffeine and sugar. These substances can trigger our nervous system and exacerbate stress. So, keeping a check on caffeine and sugar intake is critical for managing stress more effectively.

Wrapping It Up

It’s clear that tackling stress isn’t about making huge life changes overnight. Instead, it’s about taking those small, yet meaningful steps toward better health. From tweaking our sleep habits to choosing real conversations over screen time, it’s all doable. Even cutting back a little on coffee and sweets can make a difference. Remember, managing stress is definitely within our grasp, and by incorporating these practical tips into our daily routines, we can pave the way to feeling better inside and out.

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