If you have been so caught up in everyday traffic, horrendous floods brought about by the monsoon, and never-ending workload among many other aspects of your life, it’s about time you take a breather. Did you know that the Philippine workforce experiences some of the highest stress levels on the continent? To avoid stress-related illnesses, especially during this rainy season, take note of these health hacks. These may seem like basic health care practices to do at home, but they make a huge impact on your well-being:
Physical activity reduces stress. There is more to exercise than just shedding those extra pounds. Exercising when stressed out can give you three major benefits: it bumps your feel-good neurotransmitters (endorphins); it makes you concentrate on your body movements instead of the day’s irritations (meditation in motion); and it lowers the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
Of course, this won’t come easy but the outcome is well worth every body ache. If you have a loaded work schedule, try High Intensity Workout Training (HIIT) exercises or the 7-minute workout and see your overall mood change drastically!
Along with physical activities comes hydration. As detailed by WebMD, you can sip the stress away through water!
When you are dehydrated, all of your organs will not run well and this could lead to stress. Your organs require proper hydration to function properly.
Cortisol, a stress hormone, can become elevated even when you’re just a half a liter dehydrated so make sure you drink 8-10 glasses to stay on top of hydration especially at home.
Eat Meals Away From the Screen
If you ever find yourself alone in the comfort of your living room or you can’t help but work at home, do not eat in front of your computer or TV. This habit might cause you to overeat. Here is the reason: distractions like computers and TV mud our memories of mealtime, which in turn may have real effects on appetite. “When memory is poor, we tend to select and consume a greater amount of food at a subsequent meal,” as detailed by University of Bristol researcher, Jeffrey M. Brunstrom.
Narrow food choices
As you get older, your food choices should get narrower. No, you shouldn’t starve yourself but you should start being mindful of what you eat. Fact: our metabolism begins to grind a bit slower every year from age 30 onward.
To ward off weight gain and stress-related diseases, it’s important to stay active and eat healthy. Instead of going for a greasy comfort food, how about chewing on some tasty cashew nuts instead?
Get enough Zs
Sleep is an integral part of taking care of your health at home especially in the Philippines―which ranked 18th in the world’s most stressed countries in terms of variables like air pollution and life expectancy among many others. By getting enough sleep, you make a conscious effort in lowering this alarming rate.
Aside from this, if you get an average of 3-4 hours of sleep, you may be short-tempered, irritable, and vulnerable to stress throughout the day. Practice sleeping for at least 7-9 hours and wake up feeling refreshed.
Have a Hobby
One way to foster care for your mind is to have a hobby. Yes, having a healthy kind of stress or eustress, promotes balance between work and life. Work on a passion project! Start a blog. Learn photography. Take music lessons. Do anything that will ignite your passion so you will have something to look forward to after a long, tiring day.
Create a Relaxation Area
You don’t have to spend thousands of pesos to create a relaxation room in your abode. You only need a comfortable chair or mat, or any kind of space with a nice view, where you can escape life’s daily stresses. A haven filled with books or a mini theater room can do as a place where you can unwind. It can also be an outdoor space so you will be surrounded with nature―one of the best de-stressers.
The absence of good health care at every home in the Philippines can make the biggest difference in every Filipino’s wellness. But also keep in mind that this isn’t a one-time thing. Practice these on a regular basis and reap the benefits in the long run.