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5 Effective Tips for Reducing Daily Stress in Your Life

5 Effective Tips for Reducing Daily Stress in Your Life

By Contributing Author: Helen Sanders

We all encounter stress in our lives at one point or another. Acute stress, which happens for short periods of time due to a major incident such as an accident or personal issue is completely normal.

However, long term or chronic stress – the type that people feel day in and day out over a significant period of time – can result in numerous prolonged health issues.

It may seem like there is no hope when it comes to daily stress. Afterall, bills keep piling up, work deadlines are never ending and family responsibilities will continue to be demanding. It can be hard to stop it all getting on top of you. However, you actually have more control than you may realize. In fact, stress management is all about asserting control over your thoughts, your emotions and how you deal with problems.

Smart habits for dealing with stress play a key role in effectively managing your anxiety levels and can be a major factor in leading a more relaxed life.

There are a number of effective ways to reduce daily stress in your life.  In this article, I’m going to share some of the techniques that worked best for me.  You may be surprised by the results!

#1 – Take One Thing at a Time

It is all too easy to become overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities. After all, in today’s fast paced society, most of us have more than one task to deal with at a time!

However, you will feel much better if you separate everything out and deal with one thing at a time. Focusing on one thing you have to do or one area of your life at a time rather than trying to keep numerous plates spinning at once will help lower your daily stress levels.

#2 – Write it Down!

I am the kind of person who gets stressed easily.  This is often because I get easily distracted and end up running out of time to finish everything. The only way I can help focus myself and keep on track is to write everything down.

You can keep note of tasks you need to do both at work and at home and even ideas or questions you may need to remind yourself of later. This way you can stop chasing your tail and stressing yourself out because you forgot to pick your kids up from soccer practice (really, it’s Thursday again already?) or because you can’t remember that really important thing you needed to ask Susie in accounting!

#3 – Don’t Be So Dramatic

From time to time, when I get stressed out I can be a bit of a drama queen and make mountains out of molehills. Often we build something up in our minds, blowing a situation or problem way out of proportion or even create a problem out of thin air.

Just take a deep breath and think to yourself “will this be a problem or make a difference to my life next year? Or even next week?” If not, then simmer down!

#4 – Allow Yourself Some Me Time at Least Once a Day

It doesn’t matter what works best for you, but you should allow yourself some peaceful moments of meditation at least once a day. Granted, you don’t need to attain the lotus position on top of your desk “om-ing” for an hour a day, but you should take at least 5 or 10 minutes to clear your mind and get perspective.

Whether it’s allowing 10 extra minutes in a hot shower before work, or 5 quiet minutes of alone time with some essential oil at your desk, giving yourself those moment of relaxation will help you gather your thoughts, reevaluate the day ahead and get perspective moving forward – all of which can help reduce stress.

#5 – Set Clear Boundaries

This one is super important and is one of the top causes of daily stress. You must have an equal balance between work and rest. Having your life out of balance is the quickest way to stress yourself out.

Therefore, you must give yourself boundaries and stick to them. You won’t work before this time in the morning and you won’t work after this time in the evening.

It’s all too easy to get caught up staying behind for that extra meeting, rushing out to get an early start on paperwork but that cuts into your home time which is just as important. 

 

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About The Author

Helen Sanders is the creator of www.HealthAmbition.com and is passionate about sharing simplified and actionable health and nutrition advice for regular people on the go! 

How Apple Cider Vinegar is Beneficial to The Immune System

The Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar For Your Immune System

By Contributing Author: Helen Sanders

Most people have heard of apple cider vinegar, even if as nothing more than an addition to your favorite salad dressing. However, raw apple cider vinegar (sometimes called ACV for short) has been praised for centuries for its medicinal properties. Drinking a small amount of this yeasty, fermented goodness daily can offer a huge host of health benefits, most notably, boosting and aiding the function of your immune system.

For those infected by the herpes virus, boosting your immunity is one of the best ways to prevent future outbreaks. Therefore, making dietary additions that can benefit your immune system can keep the virus at bay and help prevent any herpes related health complications.

 

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is made from (as the name suggests) organic apples. Because it is not pasteurized, the apples maintain many of their nutritional benefits. Plus, due to the two fermentation processes needed to make ACV, a number of enzymes are produced. This makes ACV the magic, life giving, cure-all elixir so many people claim it to be.

 

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Benefit the Immune System?

There are a number of properties in ACV that can aid the immune system in one way or another. ACV contains potent malic acid. This is a strong antiviral and one reason why many people who drink ACV daily feel their immunity is boosted as they do not experience as many colds or other viral infections.

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes all of which are beneficial to the body.

Finally, many varieties of apple cider vinegar contain probiotic microorganisms.  As your gut flora is imperative to maintaining a healthy immune system, using apple cider vinegar to promote the growth of good bacteria could just improve your overall immunity.

 

Does Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Offer Other Health Benefits?

A daily dose of ACV can provide you with a plethora of health benefits in addition to boosting your immune system. These include:

  • Aiding digestion
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Aids skin complexion
  • Promotes beautiful, shiny hair

 

How Should You Use Apple Cider Vinegar?

As the name suggests, ACV s a vinegar and is incredibly acidic with a sharp, sour taste. It should therefore never be sipped straight from the bottle, it must be diluted.

It should be mixed into an easy to consume detox drink, mixing it with water, some honey and a twist of lemon. This will help to not only dilute the fermented fruit, but also take away some of its sharp sourness. If you are interested in trying your own apple cider vinegar detox drink, you can use this recipe to create your own at home.

 

Which Types of Apple Cider Vinegar Should I Use?

Like most things, not all products are created equal. When looking to purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar, you obviously want the best quality that is going to offer the most health benefits. Therefore, you need to choose a raw, organic apple cider vinegar.

This should contain remnants of the apples that produced it. You will be able to tell this as it should have a cloudy matter floating in the vinegar. I know that doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but believe me, that’s the gold right there.

That floaty, cloudy goodness is the part that contains all of those beneficial probiotics and enzymes and is exactly what you need to reap all of the major health benefits. Just be sure to give the bottle a good shake each time you use it.

A good recommendation is Bragg Organic Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can buy at most grocery stores.

 

Should Anyone Not Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Drink?

Although the health benefits are apparent, there are some people who should avoid trying their own ACV drink at home without consulting their doctor first. For instance, if you manage your blood sugar or are taking anti-diabetic medication, speak with your healthcare provider before trying a ACV remedy at home.

If you suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)  or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) you should consider avoiding apple cider vinegar altogether as for any kind of digestive or reflux issue, drinking something so acidic could be incredibly painful.

Also, drinking apple cider vinegar can cause dental issues as it is known to damage the enamel on your teeth. Therefore, ensure it is diluted properly and try drinking it through a straw to prevent any permanent damage to your teeth.

 

So, Should You Try It?

Although it is not conclusive whether apple cider vinegar is quite the magic potion so many people claim it to be, science does back its many health benefits. Therefore, it could be worth trying for anyone looking particularly to boost their immunity!

 

 

About The Author

Helen Sanders is the creator of www.HealthAmbition.com and is passionate about sharing simplified and actionable health and nutrition advice for regular people on the go!