Stress, both physical and emotional, affect digestion and nutrient absorption in the gut and can lead to vitamin and mineral imbalances and deficiencies. Truehope believes that these nutrient deficiencies, if left unchecked, can eventually result in a wide variety of mental health issues, including bipolar and depression.
Reducing the stress in our lives can positively effect better nutrient absorption in the body, thus having a beneficial effect on mental health.
So what can you do to manage stress? The Canadian Mental Health Association provides these 18 helpful tips for reducing or even eliminating stress in your daily life:
- Recognize your symptoms of stress
- Look at your lifestyle and see what can be changed — in your work situation, your family situation, or your schedule
- Use relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or massage
- Moderate physical activity such as walking or jogging is one of the most effective stress remedies around!
- Do essential tasks and prioritize the others. Consider those who may be affected by your decisions, such as family and friends. Use a check list so you will receive satisfaction as you check off each job as it is done
- Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fats and tobacco all put a strain on your body’s ability to cope with stress. A diet with a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods high in protein but low in fat will help create optimum health.
- Get enough rest and sleep
- Talk with friends, professional counsellors, support groups, or relatives about what’s bothering you
- Volunteer work can be an effective and satisfying stress reducer
- Get away for a while. Read a book, watch a movie, play a game, listen to music, or go on vacation.
- Work off your anger. Get physically active, dig in the garden, start a project, get your spring cleaning done
- Give in occasionally. Avoid quarrels whenever possible
- Tackle one thing at a time. Don’t try to do too much at once.
- Don’t try to be perfect
- Ease up on criticism of others
- Don’t be too competitive
- Make the first move to be friendly
- Have some fun! Laugh and be with people you enjoy!