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The best stressbuster is exercise. Even a minimal amount has stress management benefits. Experts recommend exercising three to four times a week for at least 20 minutes


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Stressbusters: good for the body and mind

Stress is an everyday part of our lives. A small amount is beneficial, but it becomes a problem if it goes unchecked. Improperly managed stress can have negative physical and mental effects. The first step to stress management is to recognize when you are stressed so you can take measures to relieve anxiety.

The best stressbuster is exercise. Even a minimal amount has stress management benefits. Experts recommend exercising three to four times a week for at least 20 minutes. Improving your nutrition can also help combat stress. Nutritionists suggest you eat three to five small, healthy meals throughout the day.

Often procrastination, setbacks or over-scheduling cause the most stress. To combat procrastination, reward yourself after you complete a task. Prevent scheduling conflicts and prioritize by using a planner. To overcome setbacks, recognize that everyone makes mistakes and persistence is the best path to success.

If you’re feeling stressed, consider relaxation techniques like deep breathing. Inhale so that your abdomen (not your chest) rises. Hold your breath a few seconds, then exhale slowly while telling yourself to relax. Repeat the process until you feel less stressed.

Utilizing imagery may also help. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and think of a safe, relaxing place. Picture it and focus on the details of the area, including the sounds, feelings and smells. These techniques help overcome stress in the short-term, but exercise, good nutrition and stress-recognition habits can help you live a low-stress life.

The Hamilton Recreation Center provides nutrition resources and opportunities like the Colorado Mesa University Tri-Series on April 27 and 28. The CMU Tri-Series consists of two triathlons– a “Mavathon”, measured by time, and the Maverick Sprint Triathlon, a true sprint triathlon. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Contact Kylie Kegans at 970.248.1234 for more information. •

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