Diet and Lifestyle Lifestyle guidelines may assist in the management of stress:
- Take regular exercise
- Practice Meditation, yoga, guided visualisation and/or breathing techniques.
- Set boundaries in relationships, families and work.
- Get support from friends, family, colleagues.
- Assign “time-to-fret” then get on with day to day activities with enthusiasm.
- Take regular work breaks throughout the day.
- Take weekend or holidays away from obligations and worries to gain a fresh perspective.
- Express your creativity. Write, garden, paint, sing – or take up a new hobby or classes
- Make a smoking cessation plan for currently smoking patients.
- Reduce pro-inflammatory foods in the diet including saturated fats (meats, especially poultry, and dairy), refined foods, and sugar. Patients sensitive to antibiotics should eat only organic meats to avoid antibiotic residues.
- Emphasise foods high in essential fatty acids such as oily fish and nuts / seeds.
- Eat a minimally processed diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids.
- Protein is essential for connective tissue support, and should be consumed regularly.
- Nutrients to support digestive health including fibre and yoghurt should be consumed.
- Minimise intake of caffeine, alcohol and salt