5 Tips for Stress Management

Stress is a normal part of human life. However, it should not be a constant. Stress can negatively impact our over all health.

Here are a few ways to be more aware of your everyday stressors, and how to reduce them.
1. Get enough sleep. 8 hours is ideal for some, but aim for hours that will leave you feeling well-rested throughout the day. Set up your bedroom in a way that feels comfortable and inviting. Have some time away from all screens before you head to bed. This helps tell your body it’s time to sleep.
2. Give yourself enough time to get out of the house. Aim for extra time in the morning to fix yourself breakfast and have some quiet time. Whatever your morning routine looks like, allow yourself this time to start the day on a more relaxed note.
3. Breathe. When you have spare moments, take time to focus on your breath. Take a deep inhale with as much air as you can, hold for a second at the top, and then slowly release until all the air is pushed from your lungs. This will naturally help with improved digestion, lower blood pressure, and less overall stress.
4. Be introspective. It takes practice for some, but try asking yourself questions throughout the day about how you’re feeling. Ask yourself, “am I stressed out right now? How am I feeling? Am I doing too much? What do I need right now?”
5. Meet your most basic needs. When your basic needs are met through sleep, rest, adequate nutrition, relationships and community, you’ll be able to manage your stress better.

What needs do you need to meet right now that will help you decrease stress?
Spiced Pumpkin, Yogurt, and Granola Parfait
Servings: 2
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup granola
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the pumpkin, agave nectar or honey, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined.
2. In two small glasses or bowls, scoop some of the pumpkin mixture into the bottom.
3. Layer with the Greek yogurt, granola, agave nectar, and more of the pumpkin mixture, then serve.
Serving Size: 1/2 recipe

Nutrition Information per Serving: 190 calories, 7 grams total fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, 109 milligrams sodium, 411 milligrams potassium, 13 grams sugar
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