Take time to de-stress

Take time to de-stress

Stress can impact your physical and mental well-being in more ways than you realize. While some stress is actually a good thing, chronic stress can come with serious health effects, such as digestive problems, headaches, sleeplessness, depression and irritability.

It’s important that you take time to de-stress. Making time for just one of these activities can help reduce your overall stress level.

  • Exercise regularly. Walking just 30 minutes a day can improve your mood and reduce stress.
  • Explore stress coping activities, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi or other gentle exercises.
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Set priorities. Decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say “no” to new tasks if they put you into overload.
  • Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you feel overwhelmed, have suicidal thoughts or are using drugs or alcohol to cope. If you’re feeling depressed, ask your doctor for a depression screening.

For more information, visit https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health.

Are you getting 64 oz. of water in daily?

Staying hydrated can help keep your stress levels down. In case you need a little help, here are some flavorful ideas to help you boost your water intake:

- Lemon, mint & cucumber
- Orange & blueberries
- Watermelon, kiwi & strawberries


Marshall Health

Marshall Health is the academic medical team of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.