What is stress?

 

In a medical context, stress is said to be a physical, mental or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. It may be external or internal, and it can initiate the fight or flight response which is a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems.

 

Two of the most common causes of stress is school and work. Spending over five hours on paperwork just to catch a deadline or sacrificing sleep to finish a report is usually the situation of students and employees everyday. There are days when we wish we could go back to being kids when a tiring day was just about having a whole day activity in school and decision making was just about being torn between making cookies with your mom or play outside with the other kids.

 

Now that we’re older, we just can’t help thinking that growing up really is a trap. School and work has become so stressful causing our health to be at risk. In order to keep our stress level at bay, here are easy ways to release the stress after a long day.

 

Disconnect

This is the first thing you should do if you want to decompress completely. Turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode and anything from the outside world. The silence of the phone alerts and email & social media  notifications will allow you to close your eyes for a while and feel the peace.

 

Meditate

Speaking of shutting out the outside and the online world, focus on your own world and listen to yourself and your surroundings. Make sure you meditate in a serene place that will help you concentrate. Allow yourself to breathe and to think about nothing even just for a few minutes.

If things come into mind, just let it be. Acknowledge them, don’t force it out as this will disrupt your relaxing moment.

 

Do Yoga

Not only will you be able to burn calories and practice balance & flexibility, you will be able to focus on your stance so much that you won’t be able to think about what is stressing you out. After thinking about your boss, co-workers and the company the whole day, it’s good to leave some time for you to just focus on yourself.

 

Show some love

Nothing beats spending time with the ones you love and bonding with them through talking, eating, playing or watching a movie. Whether you live with family or a pet, it’s a great way to relieve stress and to keep your mind off work or school for a while. Love is what matters most than our work and sometimes we have to remind ourselves that.

 

Watch a movie

Netflix and chill anyone? Snuggle up in your blankets,  surround yourself with pillows, play a movie and enjoy! What else could be more stress relieving? Even just thinking about it got me wanting to home now.

 

Read

If you’re not a movie type of person, why not read? Get lost in the imagination of another author through their novels that will keep you turning pages until you get sleepy. Try to get some light reads like a love story by Colleen Hoover or an inspiring novel by Mitch Albom.

 

The five ways mentioned above are just some easy go-to activities for you to forget about the stress. For sure different people have their own way for destressing. Depends on what their hobbies are, some choose to bake when they’re stressed or some people drive at night to get some fresh air. How about you, what is your favorite way to release stress?

People who are in a diet try their hardest to avoid pasta because they are high in calories. But there are pasta lovers out there who also want live a healthy lifestyle but also enjoy their favourite dish, so worry no more, here are 5 pasta dishes we can all enjoy without the guilt of eating too much calories. Plus they are healthy!

 

1) CAULIFLOWER MAC AND CHEESE – Okay you had me at mac and cheese there, but this isn’t your ordinary mac and cheese, ladies and gentlemen! This mac and cheese is very much healthier since it has less fat, fewer calories and veggies are involved but you might not really notice since it’s still the same cheesy and creamy mac and cheese that we love so much even as a kid. Speaking of kids, this is also one sneaky way to let them eat the veggies they need to grow strong. Just mix 2-3 cups cauliflower into the mac and cheese, cook the mac and cheese like how we all know it should be cooked but the cauliflowers are there, unnoticeable but already part of a famous meal not only for kids but adults alike. Now that’s how you live healthy but also enjoy to eat what you want.

2) LOW FAT ALFREDO SAUCE – Another fave of mine is alfredo pasta, I’ll admit that this is so addicting and easy to cook. But this alfredo sauce is healthier and not heavy in the tummy! Instead of the usual heavy cream we use for the sauce of alfredo pasta, low-fat milk is used as substitute for a healthier alfredo pasta. Ever notice how heavy normal alfredo pasta is in the tummy? Well that’s because of the heavy cream used to have that creamy alfredo pasta we all love. But using low-fat milk as substitute for heavy cream is much lighter to take in. So gotta enjoy that alfredo pasta we all love so much!

3) PESTO ZUDLES ( zucchini noodles) – Now this is the healthiest pasta I ever heard, your noodles are made of vegetables! Talk about a very healthy lifestyle. Pesto can pretty much blend with any food you mix it with, here it is mixed with zucchini noodles, put in ample amount of parmesan, 2-3 leaves of fresh basil, olive oil, 1 smashed garlic cloves, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Now you can enjoy a very healthy and delicious pasta meal without a hint of guilt eating so much.

 

There are a lot of healthy recipes out there, I know, but these 3 can helpfully help you in your diet and healthy lifestyle while still enjoying your favourite pasta meal. So go ahead and give them a try and you will be surprised at how delicious they actually are.