Friday, 19 September 2014

How To Be Stress Free

Stress is a part of every day life, but there are steps which can be taken to reduce stress and work towards a stress-free life.

Running late is a sure way to start the day in a stressful way. Being as prepared as possible for the following day the night before, encourages a less stressful start to the day. Allowing adequate time to prepare to leave the house, preparing lunch, laying out clothes and ensuring keys and mobile phones are within easy reach, is a stress-free way to start the day.

When the body and mind are stressed, hormones are released into the bloodstream and tension builds up in the muscles. A great way to combat this is to exercise. Physically engaging the body, releases feel good hormones which reduce symptoms of stress. Simply taking a 10 minute walk can ease stress quickly. Walking with a friend or loved one can provide added stress reducing benefits. Exercising on a regular basis can minimize the build up of stress.

Sleep restores and repairs mind and body, but people who are stressed often suffer from a lack of sleep. Going to bed feeling stressed can lead to tossing and turning all night so it’s a good idea to deal with problems before bedtime. A good way to ease problems is to talk to a trusted friend, loved one or therapist about them. Another easy problem solver is to write issues down in a journal. Talking about or writing down problems, can put situations into perspective and make them easier to solve. If stressful thoughts still occur during the night, they can be written down on a notepad to be dealt with the following day.

Individuals who suffer from too much stress, are often doing so much for others, that they don’t have enough time for themselves. Alone time is important for healthy adults and renews body and mind. Soaking in a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, cooking a meal, reading a magazine or sitting in a sunny spot are relaxing ways to spend time alone and reduce stress.

A messy environment can compound feelings of stress. Taking a few minutes each day to clear clutter can quickly reduce stress. Stressed people tend to over scheduled. Taking a little time to plan the day and confirm appointments is a helpful way to start the day.

Stress doesn’t have to interfere with daily life, being prepared, exercising, getting enough sleep, spending time alone, clearing clutter and having a plan, can reduce stress and lead to a happier, healthier life. If symptoms of stress continue to cause problems, a medical professional should be contacted.  

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Healthy Living Guidelines

Being healthy can be challenging in today’s busy environment, but following a few simple guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way.


Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a natural way to uplift mood, improve fitness and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to achieve this.  

Sleep is an important part of life for everyone. Lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness and lack of concentration for even the simplest of tasks. Healthy bodies thrive on a sleep routine. Going to bed and rising at a regular time each day, can programme the body to sleep and wake at certain times. Even after a late night. it is important to get out of bed at the usual time the next day.

Stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend is a great stress reliever. A problem can often be blown out of proportion when kept inside. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another way to find a solution is to write thoughts down in a journal. This is helpful to people who are unsure of why they are stressed in the first place and also a great way to work through a solution to a stress creating problem.

An hour or two of alone time can do wonders. Many individuals say life is too busy for this but it is so important. It is not possible for an individual to give their best to others if they don’t take care of themselves first. Alone time is a way to connect with self and rejuvenate. There are so many ways to do this including, taking a bath with essential oils, going for a walk, reading a book, anything that can be done alone.

Human bodies contain a high percentage of water, so it’s important to keep water levels topped up.Dehydration can cause a lack of energy and tendency to overeat. Keeping a cup of water, herbal tea or decaffeinated beverage handy at all times to sip during the day can help. It’s important to drink more fluids when the weather is hot and before and after exercising. It’s a good idea to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages, these will give an initial boost of energy, but as the caffeine and sugar wear off, a person can feel more drained than before.

Following the above helpful guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way on a daily basis and provide health benefits for the years to come.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy involves taking care of body and mind and there are many effective ways to do this. Listed below are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

Health organisations around the world recommend healthy adults aim to walk around 10,000 steps per day, to remain in good health.  Children and adolescents should be taking between 12,000, to 14,000 steps and seniors just a little under 10,000.  The days may be busy and full, but due to a reliance on convenience and technology, many people are walking under 3,000 steps per day without realizing they are relatively inactive. A pedometer is an easy, inexpensive tool to count the number of steps taken each day and improve health.

Sleep is important for everyone. Many people look forward to sleeping while others dread bed time. Most people will at some time suffer from minor sleep problems, while others will experience more serious sleep issues. Regardless of which category a person falls into, going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each day and night, can help an individual develop a healthy sleep schedule and promote a better night’s sleep.

Being in a positive mood can be beneficial to mind and body. Being surrounded by positive people creates a positive environment. An individual could be in a fantastic mood, spend five minutes with a negative person and then feel totally depressed. Spending time with people in a positive mood can make a person feel better and stay healthy.



Too much stress can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. When under stress blood pressure rises and heart rate increases. This can be caused by taking shallow breaths rather than deep breaths. If an individual can take a few minutes to focus on breathing, they will become calmer and less stressed. This is achieved by breathing through the nose for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of two and slowly exhaling through the mouth for six counts. If an individual is breathing deeply, the abdomen will rise as they breathe in. This is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and can be done in almost any situation.

Eating a balanced diet may appear difficult, but it’s really quite straightforward.  Including more servings of fruits and vegetables into the diet is a great way to start. Studies have shown that fruits such as blueberries, vegetables such as broccoli, drinks such as coffee and even dark chocolate may have health benefits, so eating a variety of different foods is the key to staying healthy.

Staying healthy is a process and taking steps to take care of body and mind is achievable for most people.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Healthy Living Guidelines

Being healthy can be challenging in today’s busy environment, but following a few simple guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a natural way to uplift mood, improve fitness and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to achieve this.  

Sleep is an important part of life for everyone. Lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness and lack of concentration for even the simplest of tasks. Healthy bodies thrive on a sleep routine. Going to bed and rising at a regular time each day, can programme the body to sleep and wake at certain times. Even after a late night. it is important to get out of bed at the usual time the next day.

Stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend is a great stress reliever. A problem can often be blown out of proportion when kept inside. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another way to find a solution is to write thoughts down in a journal. This is helpful to people who are unsure of why they are stressed in the first place and also a great way to work through a solution to a stress creating problem.

An hour or two of alone time can do wonders. Many individuals say life is too busy for this but it is so important. It is not possible for an individual to give their best to others if they don’t take care of themselves first. Alone time is a way to connect with self and rejuvenate. There are so many ways to do this including, taking a bath with essential oils, going for a walk, reading a book, anything that can be done alone.

Human bodies contain a high percentage of water, so it’s important to keep water levels topped up.Dehydration can cause a lack of energy and tendency to overeat. Keeping a cup of water, herbal tea or decaffeinated beverage handy at all times to sip during the day can help. It’s important to drink more fluids when the weather is hot and before and after exercising. It’s a good idea to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages, these will give an initial boost of energy, but as the caffeine and sugar wear off, a person can feel more drained than before.

Following the above helpful guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way on a daily basis and provide health benefits for the years to come.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Fast Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress has an important role in daily life; it can provide mental clarity, extra energy and the impulse to avoid danger. There are many techniques to reduce stress such as yoga, regular exercise and deep breathing techniques, but most stressful situations don’t allow a person to simply pull up a mat and begin practicing yoga. The key to quick stress relief is knowing what causes stress and how to combat it at any given moment.



Many people don’t recognise the symptoms of stress until it’s quite significant. Each person reacts to stress differently but in most cases, the muscles become tense, breathing becomes more rapid and the mind begins to race. If an individual knows which symptoms the exhibit when feeling stressed and notices when they begin, they have a better chance of dealing with the stress quickly. Recording stressors in a journal or a notebook for a short period of time is a good way to establish how a person exhibits stress signals.

Stress affects the body and mind. When the body is stressed, it builds up excess energy and adrenalin. A fast way to combat this type of stress is through physical activity. A fast paced walk around the office, vigorous housework, a run around the block and if an individual is stuck at the office, a few jumping jacks in the bathroom may do the trick.

When the mind begins to race, talking to a trusted friend, loved one or co-worker can often quickly reduce stress. If there is nobody around to talk to, writing in a journal or notepad can calm the mind. Another technique for calming the mind is to involve it in a task such as a puzzle, counting or repeating a calming phrase or song.

Deep breathing is a technique which is simple to learn and can be done anywhere.  This technique involves taking a deep breath from the abdomen for a count of 4, holding the breath for a count of 2, and slowly letting it out for a count of 6. Repeating until the person feels calmer. This technique focuses the mind and calms the body. The key to successful deep breathing is to practice the technique before it needs to be used.

Stress doesn’t need to be a downfall. Simple techniques such as deep breathing and talking to a friend can rapidly relieve stress and stop it from building. However, if stress persists, contact a medical professional.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is important at any stage of life, but many people can’t find the motivation to do so. Luckily, it’s never too late to begin making healthy changes and the following select ways are a good place to start.  



Exercising is one of the most beneficial activities to take part in to stay healthy. Experts recommend healthy adults exercise for 30 minutes for a minimum of 5 days per week. It’s advisable to check with a doctor before beginning any exercise programme, especially if an individual is over 40. The 30 minutes can be broken down into smaller 10 minute sessions to be easier to achieve. There is no need to join an expensive gym; walking the dog, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking the car further away from the intended destination and walking the rest of the way or vigorously doing household chores are all acceptable forms of exercise. Being more active, rather than less active is the goal.

Being healthier can be as easy as getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a time of rest, renewal and rejuvenation and provides energy, clarity of mind and motivation for the following day. If an individual needs to wake to an alarm and feels sluggish and tired during the day, they are probably not getting enough sleep. Going to bed a little earlier each night until the alarm is not needed, is an effective way of measuring how much sleep is needed.

Being social is a fun way to stay healthy. Spending time with positive people, boosts mood, eases stress and can put problems into perspective. Being with loved ones, volunteering or joining a club are some of the many ways to be more social.

Dehydration can contribute to a bad mood, poor concentration and lack of energy. As the human body consists of a large percentage of water, it’s important to keep levels high to stay healthy. If an individual is thirsty, they are probably already dehydrated so it’s important to sip water, healthy juices or herbal teas during the day. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol should be limited or avoided if dehydration is an issue as these substances can contribute to dehydration.

A balanced diet including lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Changing unhealthy eating habits can be overwhelming if attempted all at once, an easier way to accomplish this is by making small substitutions each week. For example, a sweet treat can be substituted with a piece of fruit, vegetables can be added to soups and nuts can be eaten as a snack instead of a packet of chips.

Staying healthy is a journey, regular exercise, restful sleep, socializing, staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet and are great ways to start.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

Feeling stressed in certain situations such as before an important meeting, leading up to a big event or even while planning a holiday is quite normal. When stress builds and begins to interfere with every day life, it can lead to health problems. Here are a few easy ways to reduce stress levels and enjoy a calmer lifestyle.

Stress reduction can be difficult when reasons for the stressful feelings are unknown. A good way to discover the reasons for feelings of stress is to talk to another person about it. Talking about problems, help individuals get to the bottom of what the problems are and possible solutions. Often, just talking about feeling stressed will reduce the stress quite substantially. Another way to connect with stressful feelings is to write problems down in a notebook. Seeing difficulties written down can lead to solutions and therefore a reduction of stress levels.

Human minds cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so it’s important to spend some time during each day relaxing. Relaxation activities such as sitting in front of the TV or computer screen can stimulate rather than relax the mind so it can be more beneficial to relax in solitude, somewhere quiet. A stroll along the beach, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises are activities which can relax mind and body.  

Exercise is a solid way to reduce stress levels. A short walk around the block can clear the head and work off stress. Regular exercise (30-60 minutes most days of the week), will be even more beneficial for stress reduction.

Sleep is essential for the human body but during times of stress, a good night’s sleep can become elusive. Retiring for the night and waking around the same time each day can reprogramme the mind and body to a regular sleep pattern. Partaking in a relaxing activity before bed such as listening to relaxing music, taking a hot shower or reading a book can inform the mind and body that it’s time to prepare for sleep.

Eating a well balanced diet promotes a less stressful mind and body.  Fatty foods, sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine can keep the body on high alert; cutting back on these can lead to less stress.  
Incorporating these techniques into everyday life can lead to reduced stress but if symptoms persist, consult a medical professional.

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