Stress: We have all felt it. There are times when stress is a positive force, it can motivate you when you need to perform well at a job interview or complete a project with a strict deadline. But it can also be a negative force, like when you are stuck in a traffic jam. The body and mind can handle small doses of stress, but if it continues over a period of time, it will take a toll on you.

A short-lived and minor stressful situation can have an impact on your body. You might get queasy before a presentation for example. But major stress or long-term stress will have an even bigger impact. Multiple studies have shown that stress can trigger heart attacks, arrhythmia andĀ even sudden death. So it would be in your best interest to learn ways in which you can deal with stress.

Ignition Fitness, home of your personal trainer in Mankato, offers ways to deal with stress.

Exercise

We are willing to bet you are a bit surprised to see this on the list of ways to battle stress. Studies have shown that regular exercise decreases overall levels of tension, improves sleep and elevates and stabilizes mood. Just a few minutes of exercise is enough to calm you down after a stressful day at work.

Diet

We are also willing to bet you didn’t think your diet played a role in reducing stress. While you might think that indulging in a container of ice cream after a break-up or stowing away comfort foods in stressful situations will help, it actually makes you less able to properly deal with stress.

There are a few things to think about while feeling all stressed out and eating foods that destroy your arteries. You are only increasing your risk of a heart attack.

The best food choices to make when you are feeling stress are fruits and vegetables. Whole nutritious foods give you the necessary nutrients you need to battle the effects of stress.

Get More Sleep

A lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Rather than drinking or taking medications to fall asleep, you should aim to relax before going to bed. The first thing you want to do is rid your bedroom of anything that might remind you of stress. Your bedroom should be a place of peace and tranquility.

Avoid caffeine in the evening and stop doing any work or other stressful activities hours before going to bed. You might want to take a warm bath before bed or read something that calms you.

Learn to Say No

A common cause of stress is having way too much to do in a short period of time. Even when your plate if full, you always agree to take on more. Learning to say no will reduce your levels of stress. Remember that the barriers of saying no are self-created.

If you are feeling the ill-effects of stress, it would do your body and mind a world of good to hire a personal trainer. Contact Ignition Fitness today.