I spend quite a bit of time working on reducing stress in my life. Do you?
I’ve compiled many articles on stress busting techniques. The following are highlights from some of my favorites with comments:
The Blue Zone has 4 recommendations- pick one – choose all.
1) KEEP A DAILY STRESS JOURNAL
Why? To help you identify your triggers and how much stress they cause. Maybe you’ll find a way to avoid triggers if you see a pattern.
JOHNS HOPKINS recommends this as well. They suggest that expressive writing helps cope with fallout from from unexpected life developments. I personally have used this technique for YEARS!
2) LEARN TO SAY NO
Darn – this one is hard to do. For so many reasons- but we have to learn our limits and abide by them. If we don’t – no one else will.
3) DRINK WATER
A clue this is from The Blue Zone- they are all about healthy living and longevity. Staying hydrated helps our bodies function and gives us more energy.
4) EAT BETTER
Are you guilty of comfort eating when you feel crummy? It’s common. It’s not healthy.
If you want to feel better – make better food choices.
DR SOOD, MAYO CLINIC
1) GRATITUDE- Don’t leave your bed until you think of 5 people you care about and send positive thoughts their way ( or WHITE LIGHT, according to a good friend)
Did you know that stress is actually worse than hypertension or diabetes for heart disease? Take note!
2) MINDFUL PRESENCE – this is harder than it sounds. I started with brushing my teeth for the required 2 minutes and thought about brushing my teeth. Try it – it’s not easy. Move on to something else that you do mindlessly. Driving, eating, dishes, whatever- TRY THINKING ABOUT IT. See what it’s like to be in the moment. FOCUS on your actions.
3) KINDNESS – it goes two ways. Do you practice it? Do you accept it?
4) RESILIENT MINDSET! Do you know how to handle long term illness? Are you prepared to recover from the latest news? Can you spring back emotionally?
MAYO CLINIC and YOGA!
5 simple moves that will help you unwind:
( I know this to be true because I’ve practiced since college and taught for years
1) STANDING FORWARD BEND- pretty easy – bend at the waist, fold up and hold your ankles.
2) WARRIOR. 1 – love this one because that’s what we are! WARRIORS.
Doesn’t that feel good?
3) NECK ROLLS- self explanatory
4) SEATED SPINAL TWIST
5) COBRA- one of my very favs
Now, feel free to stay down and take a puppy nap after doing these. Wait till you see how relaxed you’ll feel.
I sure hope this helps you with your stress.
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