Quit Messin’ around with Stressin’
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the emotional effects of everyday life? Research shows that lifestyle habits that are good for your health can also help you reduce your stress level. In the Get Healthy PT program at PRA, we focus on the following areas of lifestyle medicine: Adopting a nutrient dense healthy eating pattern, hydrating, optimizing physical activity, improving sleep, and managing stress with healthy coping strategies. All of these areas can have a positive impact on your rehab outcomes, your stress level and ultimately your health! Here are a couple of lifestyle tips for you to get you started!
- Regular EXERCISE can boost your mood! Moving your body is so important to not only your physical health but your mental health. Finding the appropriate exercise for you is key!
- There is a link between stress and NUTRITION. If you are feeling stressed, one of the first things you can do is check your diet as it can be a contributing factor. Did you know that too much sugar can affect your mood and your mental health? A balanced diet with protein, with whole grains, fruits and vegetables is critical to your physical and mental health!
- SLEEP is nature’s healer and is just as important for your overall well-being as exercise and nutrition. Finding a consistent sleeping routine is a great first step. Other strategies include getting enough physical activity during the day, keeping your bedroom cool, dark and quiet, and avoiding eating or drinking before bedtime.
- HYDRATING the body is key to increasing our energy levels. Did you know the body is 70% water and if it is not hydrated are energy levels can be low? 8 glasses of water per day is a reasonable goal for most individuals.
PRA is committed to not only guiding our patients with their rehabilitation needs but also helping them live their healthiest life. If you are interested in learning more about how you can improve your overall health, wellness, and lifestyle habits contact Julie Fitzpatrick, Physical Therapist and PRA’s Wellness Specialist in our Get Healthy PT Program at 319-339-3611.