Fitness & Health with Dr. Julie: How To Handle Stress

A Column by Dr. Julie Sieben.

A Column by Dr. Julie Sieben.

I am frequently asked about easy and accessible ways to manage and cut down on stress.

Stress is something we can not completely eliminate from our lives, of course. But if we can stay mindful of some daily strategies to cope, we just may start enjoying our days a little more.

1. Exercise: Exercise in all forms have been shown to reduce stress. Running is not the only way to get the “runners’ high” and feel good endorphins. Yoga, weight training and walking have been shown to also improve mood and reduce stress.

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2. Eat like a diabetic. Diets full of refined carbohydrates and sugar will put you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and will feed into feelings of stress. Eating a diet with plenty of lean proteins and low glycemic carbohydrates (for example, sweet potato over noodles or rice) will keep your blood sugars, and thus your emotions, in check.

3. Talk about it. Festering thoughts and feelings only hurts you and gets nothing accomplished. So if you are dealing with a person who is stressing you out. Use good communication skills such as “I statements” (“I feel…” vs. “you..”) and get it out on the table in a responsible non- threatening way.

4. Count your blessings. We tend to focus on what is bothering us or not working for us in our lives. While it is important to take that inventory, it is also important to remember and appreciate the things that are working and are good.

Life is a work out, make it a good one!

 Julie Sieben of Orleans is a chiropractor, exercise instructor, personal trainer, and wellness consultant. She can be reached at drjuliesieben.com.