I was recently invited to participate in an expert round-up from Consumer Health Digest that focused on how to reduce daily stress and stay healthy. The solution, as always in such cases, is to look towards consistent action you will take in your life, rather than any attempted “quick fixes” or “magic bullets”. When we regularly make healthy choices and create sustainable healthy patterns in our lives, this is when we get to experience the most benefits and the best outcomes. When we design our lifestyle consciously and then live it with consistency, we reap the benefits of wellbeing in all areas of our health — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Here is my “big picture” advice that I contributed to the round-up, for how to reduce stress and improve your health:

The first step to successfully maintaining your health is to make it your priority. This may seem obvious. However, it is regularly overlooked in the midst of the modern busy, noisy, chaotic and stressful lifestyle. Making your health a priority means that you prioritize the things that directly create your health, like proper nourishment, hydration, sleep, physical activity and mental rejuvenation.

Tending properly to the needs of our body and mind automatically makes us more resilient and capable of dealing with any stressors that come our way in more effective and less destructive ways.

A healthy lifestyle that nurtures the needs of our body and mind is also a naturally stress-reducing lifestyle by design. The right food, water, sleep, exercise, and relaxation, through things like meditation or time spent in nature, all help to reduce stress in our body and mind.

Finally, to reduce stress, we also have to take action and create the best circumstances we can in our lives. While we will never be able to control everything in our external reality, we have more control over our circumstances than we realize, based on the choices we make daily.

So rather than settling for or subjecting yourself to stressors that you have control over, reduce your stress by taking action to create effective changes in areas like your work, relationships and personal environment for optimal wellbeing.