Feb 24

It is well known that people who expose themselves to high levels of stress are more likely to suffer from health problems. Numerous studies have concluded that stress is a major contributory factor in cases of high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks, and that the majority of people who are suffering from stress don’t have a well balanced diet, do not get adequate sleep, do not drink enough water and do not regularly exercise. All of these factors make stressed people more susceptible to lower life expectancy levels and ongoing health issues.

Unfortunately, many people face these high levels of stress because of their occupation. A successful way to lower stress levels and increase your life expectancy may be to make a career change. This in itself sounds stressful, but a change from one of the “high level stress” careers (jobs in this category include advertising account executives, architects, commercial pilots, corporate executives, newscasters, photojournalists, public relations specialists and stockbrokers) to one of the “lower level stress” careers (such as audiologists, chiropractors, computer programmers, dental hygienists, dieticians, mathematicians, occupational therapists, philosophers and software engineers) could potentially add years to your (more enjoyable, healthier) life.

If you work in one of these – or any other – stressful professions and you feel that work is impacting negatively on your health, then perhaps you ought to consider a life prolonging career change to something less stressful. Some of these jobs may well require extra education, degrees or re-training, but in the long run they can lead to a longer, far more enjoyable life, and may well prove worth the time and effort involved.

Lifestyle choices are vitally important in preventing stress, obviously if possible identify and avoid situations / people that cause you stress (known as stressors), maintain a healthy, balanced diet, exercise regularly, do not smoke, drink or use drugs and try to establish regular sleep patterns.

When you do get stressed there are many things you can do to relax and reduce your stress levels, including simple things like going for a walk, talking with a good friend, taking a relaxing bath, aromatherapy products, yoga, stroking your pet, listening (and singing/dancing) to your favourite music etc. all of which can help you to relax.

Keep things in perspective – In the grand scheme of things, just how important is the thing that is stressing you? Will it matter in a week? In a year? If the answer is no, focus your energies on something that is important.

However hard you try, some things will remain beyond your control, accept this. Getting angry will make no difference.

Everybody makes mistakes – including you. Forgive others their mistakes, as a build-up of resentment is a major cause of stress.

Try and be positive about the situation – instead of getting angry at the traffic you are stuck in, look at it as an opportunity to spend some time when you don’t have to do anything else other than sit down in your car.

Express yourself – Don’t bottle your emotions up, If something (or someone) is causing you stress, talk calmly about it to avoid any stress building up.

Do something you enjoy every day. Maybe reading, riding a bike, playing with your children or listening to music etc.

In conclusion, whilst many aspects of your life may be out of your control, and life might be so busy that you don’t get time to eat healthily or exercise, just taking a good quality multivitamin supplement can make a fundamental difference.  Scientia Nutrition Multivitamins have been formulated to not only give you the essentials you need, but they are also optimised to help you produce collagen for healthy skin and nails!  Feeling good and looking great has to be the ultimate combination!

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