Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stress Relief

April is National Stress Awareness Month

What is stress and how can you reduce it?
          Stress... the emotional and physical strain caused by the pressures of daily life.

          It's impossible to live without stress... unless you live in a bubble. Stressful activities give life some sizzle and spice, so most of us wouldn't want a completely stress free life. If stress becomes unmanageable, it may harm your physical, emotional, and social health.

          Stress can cause a variety of symptoms including : Muscle Tension, Irritability, Lack of Concentration, Excessive Exhaustion and Sleep Deprivation, Heart Palpitations, Difficulty Breathing, Digestive Problems

          Everyone experiences events that are difficult to cope with. As per the American Academy of Family Physicians, two-thirds of doctors visits are due to stress-related symptoms. Stress management can help reduce the risk of health problems by up to 75 percent.

          Food can be one of the best medicines for stress, if utilized properly.  A balanced, nutritious diet is the simplest method of stress relief AND this solution is cost effective, easily available and has no side effects.

         Great foods that aid in stress relief are:

Oatmeal - increases the serotonin levels in your brain, making you feel calm and centered. Flavor with dried fruit, nuts, or honey instead of sugar.

Oranges - Vitamin C in oranges strengthen the immune system, lower stress hormones, and reduces blood pressure.

Spinach - dark green, leafy vegetables contain magnesium, which helps to relieve anxiety and regulate cortisol levels.

Fish -is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat. Omega-3 reduces inflammation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Try fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sturgeon, and anchovies.

Nuts - these also have omega-3. They can lower your blood pressure and reduce adrenaline

      And although I truly believe that a healthy diet can help relieve stress, I also know that a good chuckle can remove a lot of weight off of one's shoulders.  So if you are looking to conquer your stress... even for 1 night, what could be better than going to a comedy show?  Perhaps the Pitch For Kids - WPDH Comedy All Stars!
      For the first time ever the WPDH Comedy All-Stars on Sunday April 15th at 6pm at Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie. Featuring the best comics ever to be a part in the WPDH Morning Shows...John Tobin, John Mulrooney, Joey Gay, and Rich Shultis and hosted by Coop.  All five guys in one night on one stage.... Tickets are on sale now for only $25! Call 845-838-0094 and ask for Zolz! The WPDH Comedy All Stars on the April 15th we will tax your funny bone

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