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Summer can relieve stress

The summer comes a whole new set of stressors. Follow these simple tips from wellness coach and “Yen Path” author Jenny Gallagher to stay relaxed and happy during the summer:

1) Don’t over extend yourself.

2) Don’t worry about what other people think. You cannot control what other people thinks so don’t waste time worrying about it.

3) Eat fresh foods. Now is the perfect time to lose a few pounds if you want to. It’s warm outside and therefore heavy foods are not as appealing. Stay away from processed and fast foods because they are high in sodium.

4) Hydrate. When your body does not have enough water and it is much easier to become dehydrated when it’s warm outside.

5) Move. There are lots of excuses during the winter when it comes to exercising but the opposite is true now.  You don’t need the gym and it’s not dark at 4 pm.  So get outside, even if it’s for a leisurely walk.

6) Spring clean those thoughts. You can de-clutter the mind. Your thoughts are your choice. It just takes practice.

Take my questionnaire … please

Life changes are some of the biggest causes of stress, both positive and negative.

The following questionnaire is an interactive tool in the Chicago Tribune that gauges your stress level based on the number of life changes you have had recently.

Your score shows a rough estimate of your current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems due to stress in the next 12 to 18 months.

Short-term stress can keep you awake at night and make you feel irritable and edgy. High stress levels over a long period of time can cause serious health problems such as high blood pressure, and it can weaken your immune system and make it difficult for your body to fight disease.

Stress is linked to health conditions such as depression, heart disease, and asthma