Strengthen the Body

For most of us, stress, anxiety, and workplace pressures are impossible to avoid. Limited time, money, or resources for getting things done, these things simply happen and sometimes the best we can do is to minimise the impact. Many stress-reduction techniques focus on the mental side of coping with pressure. Approaches such as positive psychology and mindfulness are indeed proven effective, but have you also thought about focusing on your body as a way to reduce stress? You may already know how stress makes your body weaker, but the good news is that the reverse is also true. Here are 4 simple, life-changing tips to strengthen your mind by strengthening your body. Tip 1: Develop Good Eating Habits Eating low-fat, high-fibre, and carbohydrate-rich meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables will give you the nutrients you need to boost your immune system and give you energy. For example, magnesium is known to help regulate blood pressure as well as muscle and nerve functions. Calcium helps with nerve impulses. The fatty acids found in fish are good for the heart and many vegetables are good for boosting memory. On the other hand, tea and coffee contain stimulants such as caffeine, which can actually increase stress. Tip 2: Drink Lots of Water The link between water and stress reduction is well documented. All of our organs, including our brains, need water to function properly. Studies show that being just half a litre dehydrated can lead to an increase in cortisol, which is a stress hormone. If you are already dealing with pressure, you don’t want to make it worse by adding...