Managing Work, Home Life and Heartburn
10. 21. 2013
Do you feel like you are always working or that work causes the greatest amount of stress in your life? You are not alone. October has been designated National Work and Family Month. Finding a balance between our responsibilities at work and our duties at home is a constant juggling act. Sometimes just the act of finding the balance can cause stress.
Stress Triggers Heartburn
Did you know that stress is one of the triggers of heartburn? Heartburn is not just caused by eating spicy food. There are many other triggers and conditions that can aggravate heartburn and stress is one of the culprits. Stress and lack of sleep can increase acid production in the stomach and cause heartburn.
Replace Smoking with Exercise
Other triggers of heartburn can be caused by stress as well. Take smoking, for example. Many people smoke to calm themselves because they feel stressed. Stress causes heartburn in itself, and smoking to ease stress just makes heartburn more severe. Instead of lighting up, lace up those athletic shoes and go for a brisk walk, play tennis or take a bike ride. Exercise can ease stress without harming your health like smoking.
Replace Junk Food with Fresh Food
Many of us can relate to how stress can make us over-eat or crave junk food. Don’t give in to that temptation, though! A full stomach can bring on symptoms of heartburn and cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. Greasy, high-fat foods can also aggravate heartburn as well. Job stress or even family stress can bring on the munchies, but make healthy choices if you feel like snacking. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead. If you need something crunchy, try some nuts, granola or air-popped popcorn to keep heartburn away.
This October, commit to give your best to your work and your family by managing your stress in a healthy way. You can even include your family as you exercise. Take the whole family on a bike ride, or work out together at a fitness center. Look up some new recipes and make a healthy meal together and enjoy some good conversation at dinner. National Work and Family Month can be a good platform to talk to your place of employment and your family members about how to enhance the work-life balance. Opening the lines of communication and managing stress effectively will put you on the right track!