Whether you've just graduated college and are moving into your first apartment or just landed a new job in a new city, moving can be stressful. Once you're in a new place, you may feel any little interruption can cause havoc on your health from digestive issues to headaches. Bottom line is changes cause stress.
But here are five fixes to get your body back on track!
1. Feed your body right. Your body needs good sources of carbohydrates, lean proteins and fiber to function at its best when changes happen. Focusing on good nutrition is key. Good carbohydrates include fruits and vegetables, which also help you with your fiber intake. Also opt for lean proteins like chicken, fish and turkey, but don't forget to track your fiber. An easy way to get fiber when fruits and vegetables aren't available is through a nutritious portable snack like Fiber One bars. A fun perk is they indulge your sweet tooth with flavors like Oats and Chocolate and Mint Fudge Brownie. They range from 9 to 12 grams of fiber depending on which treat you pick with just a few grams of fat.
2. Sleep tight. Don't sacrifice your sleep - rather embrace it! When stressful events happen, sleep can get interrupted so its important to focus on good bedtime rituals. Try to stick to the same hour each night when heading to bed. Turn off the lights and close the blinds to darken the room and consider playing soft music with a timer on it so that it turns off when you do. Optimal sleep is 6 to 8 hours per night and key to keeping your hormones in check.
3. Morning glory. Waking up and doing a little meditation even for 3 to 5 minutes can start your day with less stress. At the beginning of the week, write down three things that you are grateful. Each morning read your list focus and on the words as you calm your breath. You may keep the same list each week or update it daily. You may want to include some of your desires or dreams in this daily meditation to help bring your true vision to life.
4. Walk it out. This reminder is to help you focus on getting at least 30 minutes of walking in each day. Regular exercise helps reduce stressful cortisol levels and increase happy serotonin levels. Walk out the door after each meal for 10 minutes if the weather permits. Walk around the house or office if it's raining or too cold. Don't stress about hitting a gym - moving is hard enough without pushing yourself to get a membership or make it to a class. Right now, you need to focus on simplicity in your exercise routine and walking can fill that need!
5. Go blue. Hydration is key in aiding with any digestive issues from stress and keeping your mind sharp. Your body is made up of 75 percent water so make sure you're well-hydrated. Splurge on pH balanced waters to keep your system in check and be sure to get in multiple glasses of water a day. You should try to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. If you're in a warmer to hot climate and exercising a lot, you need to drink water on the higher end of that range; if you live somewhere cooler and less active, you'll need less.
By practicing these five simple fixes, you can make the stress fade and keep your mind and body happy.