The Importance of Stress Management and Sleep

Another lifestyle behavior that affects health is stress management.

Most people have never been exposed to stress management techniques that can prevent the fight-or-flight response that shuts down the immune system and aggravates cardiovascular disease. Yoga, meditation, and progressive relaxation techniques can even help reverse heart disease. Not surprisingly, the restored gospel includes all the elements needed to live a healthy and productive life.

The word of wisdom spells out key elements of diet; by the sweat of our brows shows the expectation for exercising in our workday; loving our enemies and turning the other cheek reduces stress along with meditating for direction in our lives. Other unhealthy behaviors that are becoming increasingly prevalent are depression, prescription pain-killer addiction leading to overdosing on heroin, and gun violence.

The intention of our efforts at BYU-Hawaii will be to provide opportunities and reminders to incorporate healthy lifestyle behaviors more fully in our lives. Individuals who get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night live longer and are healthier.