By: Taylor Britt
According to the American Institute of Stress, over 75 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related disorders, ranging from stomach trouble to heart disease.
Learning more about the dangers of stress and successful coping strategies is important for daily life. Long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses, including: headaches, stomach disorders, depression and increased risk of stroke and heart disease. It is important to keep life’s major stressors in check and learn how to cope with them in order to improve health and well-being.
Stress may not be avoidable, but you do have the power to choose how to manage it. Taking time for yourself is crucial and can set you on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
The key to achieving a healthy, balanced life is to set aside time for personal relaxation. Here are a few ideas to help relax and unwind:
- Read a book
- Go for a walk or run
- Take a few minutes to yourself
- Play a sport
- Spend time with a friend or loved one
- Practice yoga
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s Wellness Center is open Monday through Friday 7:00 am- 7:00 pm offering a full service exercise facility, certified personal trainers and variety of fitness classes to patients and employees. For more information visit www.okcic.com/hpdp.