It鈥檚 an unfortunate reality: Our hectic聽lives and mere mortal bodies (wait鈥 we can鈥檛 all be Wonder Woman?) make stress basically unavoidable. The upside is that we all聽also have plenty of stress-busting resources that are聽way more within reach than we may聽realize.

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we checked in with Lifesum nutritionist and wellness pro Frida Harju to get all the details on five stressors we experience in our daily lives 鈥 all of which are unexpected, but (good news!) easily remedied. Keep scrolling for more information.

1. You鈥檙e not drinking enough water.聽We all聽know that it鈥檚 important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps keep our digestive systems healthy, flushes out toxins, wards off headaches, and helps us feel聽fit and trim 鈥 among other physical benefits. But did you know that H2O is important for our mental health, as well? According to Harju, when your body is not getting enough water, it produces the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you anxious, agitated, edgy鈥 you know how it goes. If you鈥檙e already feeling tired or stressed, don鈥檛 give in to your instinct to reach for another cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Grab that water bottle instead!

2. You鈥檙e not eating properly.聽You鈥檝e probably heard of stress eating (also known as emotional eating), but your eating habits can also affect the way you deal with those negative emotions in the first place. 鈥淗igh fat foods such as meat or cheese thicken our blood, which in turn can make us feel tired and lethargic,鈥 Harju says. 鈥淪ugar passes through the bloodstream so quickly that it creates a 鈥榗rash鈥 effect on the body, leaving you feeling even worse than before.鈥 Those sluggish feelings tend to make us feel just as crummy in mind as in body, so mind your nutrition to limit unnecessary stress. Sweet potatoes and citrus fruits are great stress-busting foods.

3. You鈥檙e not getting the right amount of exercise.聽When you get your body up and moving, you tend to work out a lot of stress and frustration, but it鈥檚 possible to聽overdo it at the gym too. 鈥淭here is a fine line between working out effectively and pushing yourself too much, which can leave you permanently exhausted and lacking the energy to deal with other things,鈥 Harju says. What鈥檚 the perfect balance? Stick to shorter, more intense cardio or aerobic workouts instead of longer, steadier sessions. You鈥檒l sweat out all that pesky negativity without losing聽all of the energy that helps you stay emotionally grounded.

4. You鈥檙e not getting enough sleep.聽It happens to all of us 鈥 a few nights of tossing and turning, and suddenly, you鈥檙e basically a聽shell of yourself, totally annoyed by everyone around you and super sensitive to even the smallest inconveniences. According to Harju, there鈥檚 a physiological聽explanation 鈥 and it all comes down (again) to that stress hormone cortisol. Less sleep causes increased levels of cortisol. 鈥淚n this state, you are more likely to suffer from low moods, increased negativity, and worries, which can then lead to further sleep deprivation as the concerns and stress in your mind prevent you from being able to shut down and sleep properly,鈥 Harju says. Talk about a vicious cycle! Avoid caffeinated food and drink before bedtime, and stay away from screens late at night. You鈥檒l get more shuteye and (hopefully) experience better moods as a result!

5. You鈥檙e not sticking to a routine.聽鈥淔ollowing a routine minimizes the amount of decision-making we must do each day, and it leaves us with energy for other beneficial things, like following healthier lifestyle habits,鈥 Harju says. As much as possible, see if you can establish a predictable schedule for eating, exercise, working out, etc. Your brain and body will adjust to this routine, which will make sleep and other biological functions easier. You鈥檒l feel healthier, better rested, and less stressed out.

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