It’s time to say farewell to the freewheeling days of summer and hello to the stress that arises from more regimented fall schedules. Let’s face it – fall is the time of year when families are called on to engage in all sorts of time-intensive events.
With daylight fading by the day, people face the reality that some of their summer favorites like lovely evening walks, outdoor playtime with the kids or the chance to work out in the flower garden will go by the wayside.
Kids have it tough, too. Suddenly, they need to be up early Monday through Friday, know exactly where that backpack is and be wide-awake enough to head out the door for an entire day of learning. For all these reasons and more, fall is a time to remember the importance of staying healthy.
Here are five can’t miss stress-busters for healthy living and avoiding stress for that regimented autumn schedule:
1. Stay away from “stress eating”
Everyone has that one – if not more – unhealthy food you love to eat and when you’re stressed you seem to want it even more. A recent University of Southern California study shows that people are likely to revert to old routines when stressed and may amplify those habits.
For example, those who ate unhealthy foods like pastries and doughnuts ate even more junk food when stressed while people that were in the habit of eating healthy ate healthier when stressed.
Moral of the story? Get in the habit of switching out the bad food with healthier options by making it a part of your daily ritual – start with just one meal or snack. Try to do this everyday. Stick to it and eventually it will just become a healthy habit that will be comforting when you’re stressed.
2. Stretch it out – morning and night
Stretching can provide a mental boost that increases the release of endorphins in the body. These endorphins are known to give feelings of well-being and calmness. Who couldn’t use a little of that when adjusting to a busy fall schedule?
So, take at least five minutes for some morning unwinding before heading in for a busy day. Stretching also has many other benefits, including relieving muscles that have become strained or clenched overnight and helping to shake off overall stiffness.
It’s also thought that stretching is similar to meditation in impact, so another five minutes before bedtime could be a great way to get your body ready for a good night’s rest.
3. Head outdoors for sun and exercise
The fall months are a time of year when daylight starts to fade and people may begin to suffer from seasonal anxiety disorder (SAD). A walking break at lunch, however, can help combat this seasonal light disorder and only requires throwing on an extra light jacket or sweater.
In addition to providing an exercise fix, a walk outside offers more Vitamin D, which is obtained primarily through exposure to sunlight and is beneficial for a wide range of reasons. A quick walk is also known to boost mental health and can help people get closer to the 2.5 hours of moderate activity recommended each week.
Finally, walking can help a busy person escape from sitting all day, which an American Cancer Society study has indicated could shorten the lifespan if done for more than six hours a day.
4. Strengthen your immune system
It’s not only the mental stress that can wear you out, but also the physical stress your body faces from kids bringing home all sorts of grime and guck from school and other wintertime challenges that can keep you in bed. That’s when dietary supplements can bridge the gap.
Look for products with published safety and efficacy research - EpiCor for example, or other safe and natural dietary supplement products. Adding an immune supplement is one way to help keep the body healthy and strong when adjusting to the stressors that come with the change of seasons.
5. Try on “No” once in a while
There’s probably solid truth in the saying “Want something done? Ask a busy person,” but everyone has a different tolerance level as to how much they can or should take on. As The Mayo Clinic points out, saying yes to too many things can be unhealthy and lead to stress, a run-down feeling, or even the possibility of becoming sick.
But saying “no” more often could reap surprise benefits as well: more quality time for the things already planned in life and more time to pursue the things that may start up during the fall – cooking class, anyone? Another way to think of it is this: “Yes means less,” while “No” is a way of putting eagle-eyed attention on existing priorities.
More tips to for strengthening your immunity can be found at www.epicorimmune.com.
A bank robbery in Hoagland led to a high-speed car chase and ended with the apprehension of three people.
Police arrested a woman after she pulled a gun out on a Walmart employee and beat her with it. She told police she left the store without paying for several items because the employee was "treating her like a shoplifter."
An officer accused of coercing a drunk woman to have sex with him while she was in his custody during OWI patrol now faces felony rape charges as well as the sexual misconduct charges he was arrested for in September.
The Fort Wayne GM plant is one of two company facilities that have been chosen for a multi-million dollar investment by the automaker to turn gas generated from landfills into electricity.
Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries plans to run for District 15 Indiana State Senate seat, which has been held by Republican Tom Wyss since 1985. Wyss announced earlier in the year he would not be seeking re-election.
From December 20 through Christmas Eve, Kohl's stores will remain open for more than 100 hours straight.
Some legal experts see potential problems with a prosecutor's proposal to hold a single trial before separate juries for the three people charged with causing a deadly explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood.
The 2013 homicide total in Allen County of 44 has tied the all-time record set in 1997 with the year not yet over. Paul Helmke, who was Fort Wayne's mayor in 1997, said it got so bad that he began taking the violence as a personal attack.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. showed off its new home on Wednesday.
The Allen County Juvenile Center has signed a new food service contract that could save taxpayers as much as $50,000 a year.
While some people who live on Oliver Street said they want to move, many others said they are staying put and aren't afraid of the crime.
Officials have been attributing the rise in violent crime to gangs, guns, and drugs. There's about a dozen known gangs. Many members teenagers.
A family was reunited with Charlie, an American Bulldog puppy, after they say he was stolen out of their house.
Recordings released of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show dispatchers urged panicked callers to take cover and asked about the welfare of the children as the boom of gunfire could be heard at times.
Tuesday's shooting has been ruled a homicide, bringing the count for 2013 to 44, matching the all-time high set in 1997.