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Combating Stress

November 5, 2008

During these stressful times of economic woes, fitness professionals are adding more classes in yoga, meditation and other mind-body regimens to help people release stress and maintain their health. Gyms recognize the importance of these classes, but also realize that many people may not want to pay membership fees. To encourage gym-goers to stick with the program, fitness clubs are lowering their prices.

While physical exercise is important in fighting stress, so are your diet and relationships which contribute to overall happiness.

Many people overeat when they are stressed because food is a source of comfort. Be sure to maintain a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduce caffeine and other chemicalized junk foods. If you crave warmth and comfort, try increasing more grounding foods like root vegetables.

It’s tempting to want to just be alone when times are tough, but this is the most important time to surround yourself with people you love. Keep the conversations alive and tell your family and friends how you are feeling. Let them know that you need their support and you are also here for them.

By balancing your physical activity, diet and relationships your stress levels will be a lot more manageable and you will be able to enjoy life.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.