How to deal with the stress of election week

Election Day = stress

And stress typically leads to overeating or other negative actions that set you back.  

Here are ways that you can manage the stress that I am certain this week will bring. We need to remember to take care of ourselves this week and stay healthy!

  1.  Breathe! Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Take at least 3 deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, fill your belly and take a nice deep exhale.

  2. Meditate. I admit, I do not really know how to meditate but I want to learn. There is research that shows meditation is equally as effective at managing stress as exercise. Like me, if you are unfamiliar with how to meditate, just try to find time to quiet your mind. If you are familiar with meditation - go for it!

  3. Know when to walk away! If you feel your anxiety is building, walk away! Walk away from the TV, a conversation, social media, etc. It is hard but just remove yourself and then take those 3 deep breaths.

  4. Exercise! This is one of the best and most effective ways to relieve stress. You need to find time to exercise. If you exercise regularly then make sure you keep it up this week or maybe even do extra. Add in those extra push ups or burpies! Or, if you find you need to get away from the TV or social media, go for a walk!