April is Stress Awareness Month. Each year, medical professionals, educators, and the public come together to learn more about and share with others the dangers of too much stress. Not only can a woman be physically affected by life’s stressors, her mental health can suffer, too.
There are many ways to positively deal with stress. The following list of suggestions is meant to serve as a starting point for your personalized self-care routine:
- Get a massage. Relax tense muscles by scheduling time with a masseuse. If that isn’t a possibility, try self-massage using the oil of your choice. Start with your feet and work your way to the top of your head. Do it in the morning before you shower to stimulate the skin and awaken your senses.
- Spend time in nature. Reconnect to the Earth by going outdoors to take a walk or spend time sitting in the park reflecting on all the gifts you’ve been given. The outdoor world is full of blessings that you can count one by one.
- Start writing down your thoughts and feelings. You’ll feel physical symptoms of stress melt away the more you make your journal a place of a reflection. You’ll experience mental clarity and peace of mind, too, because you’re taking a proactive stance when it comes to self-discovery.
- Do random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. When you do good things for other people anonymously, it helps lift your spirits and lower your blood pressure. It takes you out of a negative mindset and places you in a position of power.
- Nourish your body with the best foods and beverages you can buy. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean sources of protein. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Look for beverages such as kombucha and coconut water which have low sugar and many health benefits to consume opposed to sugar-filled juices, sodas, and teas.
Speak to Dr. Wilburn about the stressors in your life. She may be able to eliminate some of them for you by providing the medical care needed to help you look and feel your best. One of the services she provides is fitness, dietary, and nutritional counseling which ensures that you get the exercise, calories, and nutrients your body needs to remain strong, healthy, and disease-free.