Stress Busters. We need them now! Isis, Syria, movie theater shootings, floods, fires, honey bee colony collapse disorder, what’s next? Given the current global situation, we should talk a little about Stress.
Feeling stressed? Me too!
Stress has been around since the beginning of time.
It started as the flight-or-fight reflex when early humans confronted a life-threatening situation, and now, stress itself has become a life-threatening situation. We need stress busters.
Obviously we can’t eliminate all causes of stress, so what can we do about it?
Here are a few quick and easy stress busters.
Relax. No really, conscious relaxation is a form of Yoga or Meditation. Sometimes you only need a few seconds and you feel a lot better.
Try this at home or at work:
Sit down and close your eyes (if you’re on the street, duck into a doorway and keep your eyes open and one hand on your purse)
Let your muscles relax
Concentrate on your breathing
Breathe in and hold your breath for 1 second – 1 one hundred thousand, Breathe out
Breathe in again a little deeper and hold for 2 seconds – 1 one hundred thousand, 2 one hundred thousand – Breathe out
Breathe in deeper and hold for three, then four, then 5 seconds
When you get to around 3 seconds of breath holding your stress level should start to drop and your mind should to clear itself for thoughts.
After 5, you should feel pretty good. This actually works!
Try this short stress buster video.
Eat better. Substituting good food like fruit for sugary snacks and drinking less caffeine and less alcohol can make a big difference
At home, put on some music and dance around for a song or two.
If you have the time keep going. After a few minutes, as your heart rate goes up your mood will improve. This is because you’re now doing aerobic exercise, a great mood elevator, after about 20 minutes you’ll feel even better because the endorphins, your body’s natural anti-depressant drugs will kick in and all will be right with the world for a while.
By the way a half hour brisk walk or putting on an aerobics video works just as well.
Another great stress reducer is getting a massage. Professional massage therapists are great, but for just plain stress, getting your significant other or a close friend to give you a massage works just as well, maybe better. Be sure to return the favor.
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