Stress is part and parcel of daily living. However, it can become a major cause for concern when it starts to affect one’s health and productivity. There are several practical ways to manage stress. We can start by being more mindful of the food we eat and taking better care of our mental health. Read more about what health experts from Herbalife Nutrition have to tell us.
Effective Ways to Manage Stress
We all experience stress, even young children, and at some point, we even need a certain amount of stress for our overall wellness. But when stress becomes too much, it can have some dire effects on our body and mind. It can even steal our joy and affect our productivity.
Sometimes, we could not do anything about our stressors. We can, however, manage our reactions.
Herbalife Nutrition Institute Chairman Dr. David Heber and Herbalife Nutrition Global Fitness Advisory Board Member Shayamal Vallabhjee share some practical ways to manage stress. Read about their highly effective yet simple strategies that we can easily do every day.
The Importance of Healthy Eating
Dr. Heber, who is the Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, said that many people tend to overeat during times of stress.
“They turn to foods that are quick and comforting, but often loaded with fat, salt, and sugar,” he pointed out. “Being mindful of what you eat especially during stressful circumstances can help you manage stress levels and change the way you respond to it.”
Dr. Heber advised avoiding mindless snacking. To do this, reach for nutritious, hard, and crunchy foods. He says that this can help relieve stress by putting your jaw muscles to work. Opt for snacks like almonds, soy nuts, or baby carrots instead of unhealthy food like chips or crackers.
Avoid Skipping Meals
Skipping meals might adversely affect one’s mood and energy levels. “Blood sugar levels can fall, leading to increased stress. If stress is an appetite-killer, try eating smaller amounts of food more often during the day,” Dr. Heber said.
Apart from the food you eat, also make sure to stay active and get enough sleep. Exercise is a great stress reliever as it helps release endorphins that would help you naturally feel good. Meanwhile, sleeps helps the body go into repair mode, allowing our natural body processes to work.
“Collectively, nutrition, exercise, and sleep promote better health. While they won’t take away the stressful situations, they can help you better manage stress levels and achieve better overall wellbeing,” Dr. Heber said.
The Three Cs to Thriving in a Stressful Situation
On mental wellbeing, Vallabhjee recommended cultivating the three Cs. These three things should be nourished along with good nutrition, exercise, and sleep.
The three Cs stand for composure, competence, and confidence.
Vallabhjee says that composure can be achieved by training your mind to focus on your internal perspective. “When you look externally, you make yourself a victim of that situation and you render yourself completely powerless. From an internal perspective, the mind is able to calm itself down. The mind is able to perceive a situation rationally,” he said.
The second C is competence, which means how good a person is at something. “When you have competence, you have a strength that you can execute in a high-pressure situation,” Vallabhjee said.
And lastly, Vallabjhee says that confidence can come in two ways. The first is from motivation and the second is from habit cultivation. “The confidence you need to succeed comes from competence,” he underscored. “And these three — composure, competence, and confidence — can help you thrive in any environment.”
Nutrition Education by Herbalife
Both Dr. Heber and Vallabhjee have been speakers in separate Herbalife Nutrition eWellness Tour events presented by Herbalife Nutrition Philippines. The monthly forum aims to promote nutrition education by inviting experts from the fields of science, nutrition, health, and fitness to talk about the importance of good nutrition and having a healthy active lifestyle in achieving overall health and wellbeing.