Tips for Reducing Cultural Stress

Practitioner, heal thyself. The first step in reducing cultural stress is trying to determine what gets you worked up. Identify its biggest causes for you, and then develop a plan of action to reduce its impact on your daily life.

Be mindful. Take some time each day to meditate or be quiet, and enjoy the simple rhythms of life.

Use psychology on yourself. Most of us have cell phones. If you are stuck in traffic and late for an appointment, make a call and then accept the fact that you can’t control the situation. One thing you can control is how you react to it. Try to make the best of the situation—why have a bad day when you can have a good one?

Exercise regularly. Go for a walk, do yoga or take an exercise class. Being physically active, even for just a few minutes, can make a difference in the way you feel.

Nourish your body for optimum health. Make it a habit to avoid the standard American diet. Consume foods that encourage and increase the water content in your body—a diet that is rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and good fats and proteins. Take a nutritional supplement to fill the gaps in your diet. And remember the water principle.

Get a good night’s sleep. Americans sleep less than people in any other industrialized country in the world, according to David Schardt, author of “How Sleep Affects Your Weight,” from the Nutrition Action Healthletter. You need seven to nine hours of sleep every night in order to fully restore the body. Don’t lose sleep. Find the time to recharge your body at night so that you have the energy to face the challenges that arise every day.

Find a hobby. It forces you to take time out for yourself and do something enjoyable. It also provides time for you to reflect.