It is completely normal to be feeling stressed or anxious right now. Although we are easing back into work and routines, the way we go about every day life has changed, job security remains uncertain, and we are looking over our shoulders at our financial obligations about to resume.
During times of stress there are changes which occur within the body. A rise in cortisol and adrenaline occurs, which are hormones responsible for the fight or flight response. This is a necessary and natural response in the short term to help us cope with challenges we face. In the long term, prolonged exposure to these hormones can suppress our immune system and have an impact on physical and mental health.
Our practitioners at Back in Health understand the stress and anxiety that 2020 is imposing on our population so here are a few tips to keep you healthy!
1. Talk to your friends and family
We are all going through similar situations and it is easy to succumb to fear and panic. So, approach friends or family, give them a phone call or video chat. Don’t neglect your loved ones, they are the people that know you and understand you the most to be able to give you amazing advice 😊
2. Exercise! 🏃♀
Go outside, enjoy the fresh air or go for a walk. When you exercise, endorphins are released which are hormones that make you feel happy, positive and as a bonus exercise helps strengthen your immunity!
3. Maintain a healthy diet! 🍓🥦
Ensure that you are drinking plenty of water and are consuming a variety of nutritious foods every day. You should be aiming for a colourful range of 5-6 servings of veg and 2 serves of fruit daily. A healthy diet is essential for boosting energy levels and your immune system.
4. Limit social media
Often social media can enhance our fears, whether it be about the virus or other bad news stories, through sensationalism and misinformation. Try to avoid excessively watching news coverage which can be perceived as upsetting. However, it is still extremely important to continue to stay informed. Use trusted sources such as official websites and government websites to help guide you.
The Back in Health team are here for you and we are all ears if you need to chat!