“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” – Lily Tomlin
I love this quote by Lily Tomlin. I came across this quote in a book with daily, positive messages. This message couldn’t have come at a better time for me! In the last month, family events triggered a whirlwind of travel, stress, funeral arrangements, drama, home construction, and a few other things:-) So, is it a coincidence that my mom broke her foot in three places and got bronchitis one week, followed by my sister being hospitalized for pneumonia the following week, followed by me being hospitalized for pneumonia several days later? I think not.
Stress can creep up on us and if we aren’t careful, stress can create dis-ease in our bodies. It is estimated that as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. It is commonly known that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Wow, so that is my problem! Well, sort of. Being a single mom of three kids and being a caregiver for my disabled parents can sometimes make me feel like I need to go into ‘Superwoman Mode.” This is where I feel I need to be there for everyone. Can you relate to this? Balancing my daily responsibilities becomes more difficult and I hit the wall at 100 MPH… and I’m down for the count. Several people in my life have told me that I have two speeds: 0MPH and 100MPH.
Several of my life lessons include learning life balance and self-love. This means learning how to slow down. Is STRESS managing YOU or are YOU managing STRESS?
Here are Five good reasons to manage your stress:
1. Better Health
2. Probably a longer life span
3. More fun
4. More energy
5. Something to talk about at parties
So, if stress is managing you and/or you would like to reap one or more of the five things above, here are Ten tips I’ve learned to help me cope with stress:
1. Do a body scan to release muscle tension.
2. Practice deep breathing exercises.
3. Develop and say daily affirmations or have relaxing visualization exercises (more on that in another blog).
4. Get a massage, listen to relaxing music or meditate.
5. Get physical. Do some form of exercise that works with your lifestyle. Opening and closing the refrigerator door doesn’t count!
6. Remember my comment above about stressed vs. desserts… preparing your food ahead of time can mitigate stress.
7. Get enough rest!
8. Do something you enjoy.
9. Plan ahead.
10. Laugh… at yourself if you have to:-) Watch funny movies/shows. Humor is a great stress reliever and healer.
“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” – Anonymous
What do all ten tips above have in common? They all require us to slow down, plan ahead and proactively manage our lives. So, on this National Stress Awareness Day, how would you rate your stress level on a scale of one to ten? What one thing will you do today that helps move your stress meter closer to one?
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