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Stress Happens, Now Lets Find A Way To Deal With It

We all know that stress is not good for you.  It can impact your body both physically and mentally.  Stress Streetwisehappens.  It is difficult to go through life without experiencing it so better to identify it and find a "stress buster" that works for you.  We have some great suggestions.

  • Exercise is the best stress reliever and the one action you can take that is readily and cheaply available to everyone. An aerobic exercise releases endorphins into the brain. This chemical is known to help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude. So go ahead and love to hate it as it works out the feelings of stress you have.  Check out Jenny Anchondo's workout this month that is geared for the home.  It is easy and a great full body workout!
     
  • Another good stress reduction technique is relaxation. Whether you employ deep breathing techniques, meditation, muscle relaxation like massage or yoga that incorporates both deep breathing and muscle workouts.  The benefits of massage are discussed in Toward a Healthier Life Style Self Massage techniques are discussed in Self Massage Smoothes Muscles and Eases Stress.
  • A healthy diet is a great tool in stress reduction. Foods with vitamins B complex, C and E and minerals manganese, selenium and zinc have been proven to help reduce stress. Foods high in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol have been proven to aggravate stress.  Chef Mary Ann Brody is up for the challenge to slim down your favorite recipe.  Take the first step without giving up the taste!  Contact her here
  • Your habits and daily routines often play into stress. Look at what you can do to smooth out the wrinkles of your day. Get up 15 minutes early. Get as much done the night before to help your morning go smoother. Donít rely on remembering everything that needs to happen or be done. Write things down, make a list. Plan ahead and do not procrastinate. Our expert Lorie Marrero addresses these issues in her articles Sowing the Seeds of Organizing Success and Breaking Out of Habits That Create Clutter. The point here is for you to identify what it is you do that causes angst in your day and modify or eliminate it. Simplifying your routines will help decrease stress.  Check out Lorie Marrero's new book full of helpful tips to reduce clutter pounds and help reduce the stress in your life.
  • Clean up your mental framework. Positive thinking has been proven to overcome adversity.  Sylvia Edwards has words to say on this in The Power of Positive Thinking
  • If it is possible select the environment and lifestyle that compliments your needs and desires. Check out Attorney at Love Jim Duzak's article this month on Take Something Off Your Plate.  Sage advice for stress reduction.
  • Take time for yourself each day. Even 15 minutes can make a difference on how you cope with the events of the day.  Take a walk (if the weather permits).  Go to your local Farmer's Market to see what gems you can find and how you can support your home town.
  • Along the same lines a good night sleep does wonders for the bodyís ability to cope.
  • Consider speaking with a professional whether it is your general practitioner, a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a clergyman. Sharing your problems or stresses with another individual helps take the power away from it.

These are just some of the most common ways to deal with stress. Find a way that works for you. Nurture yourself by reducing or eliminating the stress that falls in front of you.  Stress happens, so lets just find a way to deal with it.

Recommended Reading:

Full Catastrophe Living[Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness] by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. Click here for review.

 
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