Giving your body nutritional and supplement support it needs is only part of the solution to be better at handling stress. When you start feeling anxious and stressed out, ask yourself “Am I in imminent danger?” simply taking a moment to realize that the true answer is no, is often enough to turn off your “ fight or flight” response and allow your adrenals to relax. Much of the sugar cravings, exhaustion and irritability that are so common these days stem from adrenal exhaustion. To get well and feel less stressed long term; try these healthy habits to help you handle stress better. Choose Your Thoughts: Instead of letting your thoughts run rampant, discipline them. Focus on what’s right in your life. You’ll find gratitude is a powerful tool to manage how you deal with stress. Volunteer: Get involved and find a way to be active in your community, it creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress. Get enough Sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest. Practice Box Breathing: Take a deep inhale for a count of four seconds then hold for a count of four, then slowly exhale for a count of four and hold the exhale for four seconds. This will calm nerves and relieve stress by helping to regulate the autonomic nervous system. Identify Triggers: Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious and look for a pattern so you can identify if work, family, school, or something else triggers your anxiety. Often times the simple journaling process helps to alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed. Fitness: To feel the biggest stress busting benefits of exercise, include at least 2-3 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (e.g. brisk walking) each week or 1-2 hours of a high-intensity activity such as jogging, stair climbing or a combination of the two (e.g. jog, walk, bike, or dance) three to five times a week for 30 minutes. Don’t Sweat It: I don’t mean don’t work out, I mean be patient when you start a new exercise program. Most people take about four to eight weeks to feel coordinated and sufficiently in shape so that exercise feels more natural and enjoyable. Aim for progress not perfection to alleviate undue stress. E.B. Fun: Find activities that are fun and enjoyable. Laughter and the feel good endorphins produced by breaking a sweat will be a double dose of feel good! It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague so reach out and recruit an “exercise buddy”.