In many ways, modern life can be extremely stressful. While it’s much easier to get to place to place than it was in the air of America’s founding, it’s also true that getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper gridlock can be very anxiety inducing. We no longer have to risk our lives to acquire food for families, but the widespread availability of unhealthy junk foods makes overindulgence and the health problems associated with overindulgence difficult to avoid. And while the Internet provides us with access to a seemingly endless reservoir of knowledge, keeping up with all of our friends and families life events can be emotionally taxing.
However, as this Greatist article notes, there are number of different strategies we can use to keep everyday anxieties from turning into chronic stress. One suggests shifting your perspective on your problems. Instead of worrying about whether or not you lose enough weight by summer to look good in a bathing suit, go take a walk. By using that nervous energy as fuel for physical activity, you’ll get closer to achieving your fitness goals while also reducing your stress level. Another is to increase the amount of time you spend reading for pleasure. You’ll find that losing yourself in a good book or using bitter orange extract is a great way to take your mind off of your worries.