With the hustle and bustle of today's society, people are experiencing more and more stress. Some degree of stress is healthy and unavoidable. It is our reaction to and management of stress that plays an important role in our health. Excessive, poorly managed stress weakens the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness. Here are some ideas to help keep your stress levels to a minimum:
- Eat a balanced diet rich with organic, raw, whole fruits and vegetables. When you feel stressed, try some celery stalks and hummus instead of a candy bar.
- Take a deep breath or sing. Loud singing (especially in the car or shower) and holding the notes for as long as you can relaxes the singer. The part of the brain stem responsible for breathing is also rich in chemical messengers that communicate the sensation of pleasure.
- Increase your physical activity including stretching. Exercise releases endorphins (the "feel good" hormones) in your brain. Stretching relieves tension. Take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
- Make a list of things that are bothering you. Separate them into 2 categories: things that you can do something about and things that you have no control over. Make a mental note to let go of things that are out of your control.
- Organize your spaces (house, car, work area). It's more that just good Feng Shui.
- Take 10 minutes a day to let your mind unwind. Lose yourself in a place that is relaxing to you… a deserted, tropical beach with warm, golden sand… a meadow of wildflowers waving in a light breeze…
- Get a massage.
- Reduce negative thinking. There is a technique called EFT that has helped many people cure their phobias, emotionally deal with traumatic past experiences, and even regain their health without the use of drugs.