We hear time and time again about the countless things that could be making us sick, our food choices and our sedentary lifestyles often topping the list. However, there's something just as harmful to our health that many of us have simply accepted as a fact of life: stress.
According to the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of Americans say that they experience frequent stress, with a shocking 43 percent of those polled claiming their stress level is so high it actually keeps them up at night. Worse yet, all that unchecked stress can have a deleterious effect on our health, happiness, and overall wellbeing; in fact, stress has been linked to obesity, dementia, depression, high blood pressure, and heart disease, just to name a few.
The good news? There's hope. Master these 43 healthy ways to reduce your stress level and you'll be on your way to a longer, healthier life in no time. And when you want to wake up more relaxed every morning, start by adding the 42 Best Foods For a Good Night’s Sleep to your meal plan.