Nebraska and Iowa Named in 10 Least Stressed States

April 10, 2018

Nebraska and Iowa have something new to celebrate: they were both recently listed in the 10 least stressed states in a study from WalletHub reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

According to Karen Williams, MC, LIMHP, a mental health therapist at CHI Health, "We may not always be able to reduce the stress in our lives, but there are ways to manage the stressors that we do have." She suggests the following tips:

  • Reduce procrastination – get it done! Procrastination causes anxiety and anxiety increases our feelings of stress and worry.
  • Take a look at what you actually do have control over – it’s different for everyone, of course, but you can always take a look at the basics such as your own self-care:
    • Get enough sleep, exercise and activity throughout the day.
    • Eat foods that fuel your body and brain.
    • Drink plenty of water.

The quote that can be attributed to numerous sources, "Having someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to,” is a foundational piece for peace of mind and heart, Williams says.