I AM SO STRESSED.
As some of you may have noticed, I have been barely posting updates these days. My life has become a whirlwind of activities that sometimes I feel like I am just floating as life goes on.
Have you ever had the feeling that you just wanted to take a really long break from reality and escape into a paradise? I often daydream of spending my days lounging by the beach, sipping cocktails, and reading fiction… But then, that’s just a dream for now.
So I think to myself: THIS CAN NOT BE.
I need to take control of my life because aside from the emotional stress, I get headaches all of a sudden and I easily get tired.
So I made some research about stress to know what it is really all about. I learned that stress also manifests physiologically. Meaning, all those symptoms like headaches / migraines and panic attacks are my body’s way of sending out a cry for help.
According to the American Psychological Association, stress is defined as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down from unpleasant events. Unlike regular occasional stress, which is sometimes considered as beneficial, chronic stress is constant and persists for a prolonged period of time. You need to remember that not managing this has far-reaching consequences on your health – in both the mental and physical aspect. In fact, some of these consequences may not be easily seen right away including:
- Changes in your brain: A study from Yale University reveals that stressful occasions – like going through a death in the family or losing a job—can impair brain connections in humans, which in turn could contribute to loss of brain mass1.
- Increased risk of heart attack: St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute revealed that those suffering from chronic stress are at greater risk of developing heart problems. Stress is also linked with a 42 percent higher risk of dying two years after a heart attack2.
- Depression: Some stress can keep you motivated and alert, although researchers from the US National Institute on Mental Health found that chronic stress could lead to depression in sensitive people3.
Yikes! So reading these got me thinking: what can I do to help my body cope with stress and improve my health?
“Well, the road to good health starts with a positive mindset and the determination to make better life choices,” notes Dian Yu, Product Manager of Enercal Plus, an adult nutritional supplement made by Wyeth
Here are the others things that we can do for starters:
- Have regular exercise. Studies recommend 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week. This will keep you healthy and also help avoid developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Some exercises you could do would be brisk walking, running, dancing, swimming, playing sports, or aerobics.
- Reduce caffeine and sugar intake. We know that nothing beats a sugar or caffeine rush; but be mindful of the fact that the “highs” that they provide often end with a sudden crash in mood and energy. This is really hard for me to do. I used to drink 3 cups of coffee in a day. Now, I only drink 1-2 cups per day. Not bad for a start, right?
- Say no to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. All these may provide an easy escape from stressors; but the respite they give is at best, temporary and at its worst, ultimately debilitating. Always remember that it’s always best to deal with everyday life with a clear mind.
- Eat healthy! Start the day right by eating breakfast (don’t skip it!) and keep your energy up throughout the day by eating nutritious meals. Remember that the key word to eating healthy is “balance” – too much or too little of anything can be bad for your health. To help you get the nutrition that your body needs, drink a glass of Enercal Plus daily.
Enercal Plus, a product developed by Wyeth Nutrition Philippines, contains Nutri-Life Plus, which is a balanced source of 28 essential nutrients for immunity, strength, and heart health. It contains whey and soy protein that is a good source of amino acids needed by the body, which is easily absorbed to support muscle synthesis. Enercal Plus also contains vitamins A, C, and E to support the immune system, calcium and vitamin D for bone strength, and has 0g transfat for a healthy heart.
I have been drinking Enercal Plus since my visit in the Philippines a few weeks ago. With all the dieting I’ve been doing and all the stress I’m feeling lately, I can say that it has really helped me maintain good health and have better nutrition (plus keep calm and stay sane! LOL!).
Enercal Plus comes in a delicious vanilla flavor and actually tastes good. It comes with a scoop inside to help you in preparing your daily drink. ^_^ To get one serving, all you need is to measure 4 to 6 scoops of the powder and stir well in a glass of hot or cold water.
I drink it hot before going to sleep. It helps me relax so I can sleep better and feel refreshed the next day.
It’s not too late to start living healthy. 🙂 Try Enercal Plus and see for yourself.
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♥ Monique ♥
2 Norton, A. (2012). Chronic stress tied to worse heart attack prognosis. Retrieved from Reuters website: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/05/us-chronic-stress-idUSBRE89415220121005
3 Bruno, K. (N.d.). The Stress-Depression Connection: Can Stress Cause Depression? Retrieved from WebMD website: http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/stress-depression