A recent study conducted by women’s opinion site SheByShe found 35 percent of women said enjoying their favorite extravagances allows them to relieve stress, and 33 percent responded that their guilty pleasures are some type of unhealthy food. In fact, junk food, chocolate and eating in general are the top 3 indulgences that woman appreciate, the study revealed.
“This study reconfirms that women are juggling hectic schedules that lead to the common need to relieve stress and escape,” said Janet Helm, registered dietitian and Nutrition Unplugged blogger.
While it’s perfectly OK for women to treat themselves to an unhealthy snack every once in a while, that’s not how they should deal with stress. This can lead to overeating and result in serious health problems. Learning how properly mitigate stress gives women a chance to lead healthier lives.
Stay away from the dangers of stress
The last thing women want is stress affect their work performance, relationships, and personal health. Remembering this, they have to learn some practices that help them conquer their mental hurdles instead of fall victim to stress.
Here are a few strategies women should remember when their stressed:
1. Visualize getting over the anxiety
Stress causes feelings of anxiety or restlessness when trying to get something done or before an upcoming event. While feeling nervous is normal, letting a particular thought control your brain is detrimental. To fight back against the negative effects of stress, a Forbes article suggests thinking about the calm feelings that come when the stress is gone. After all, most of the time, stress is just a mental obstacle that can be overcome.
2. Get some physical exercise
When women are suffering from high levels of stress, it’s beneficial for them to seek out an activity that they can use to let it out. This is when martial arts classes could be a smart investment for women. Not only can these classes allow them to learn Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Tae Kwon Do, but it is also an opportunity for them to relax their minds and think about something else besides what is causing the anxiety. Martial arts are a great way to exercise, while clearing one’s thoughts at the same time.
3. Unwind a little bit
Some women who are the most stressed put a lot of pressure on themselves both in and out of the workplace. It’s important for women to take pride in everything they do. Understanding that life won’t always be perfect is a simple way for women to alleviate stress.