Are you dragging yourself out of bed, you’ve lost your mojo for your work, hobbies and social life. These are signs that you are stressed out. You are not alone. Studies show 61% of us are chronically stressed.
Do you know the health risks associated with chronic stress?
Stress is linked to insomnia, eating disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, circulatory problems which can lead to blood cots, strokes, diabetes, cardiac disease, and cancer. A heart study showed that women who took only one vacation every six years or less were almost 8 times more likely to develop coronary disease or have a heart attack. Men who didn’t take vacation had a 32% higher chance of dying from a heart attack than those who did take vacations.
Below are the top 10 ways to reduce stress.
1. Yell, scream, jump up and down. If you are upset about something and need to clear the air with someone, you should do so. Lingering issues take their toll.
2. Ask for help. I know this is a challenge sometimes, but let someone help you. You’d be surprised how willing those around you are if you’d just ask.
3. Do something that is just for you. Find an way to express yourself creatively. You could be a natural artist, musician, or writer.
4. Write it out. Sit and write 10-20 minutes each night before bed. Journaling is also and efficient tool for personal growth.
5. Breathe. Not only is meditation good for you physically, it is great for you emotionally.
6. Jam. Sometimes we need sad music to help us work out the feelings and cry; other times we need loud music we can sign or dance to.
7. Eat right. Nutrition has become more important than ever. Studies show that of those who said they maintained a healthy diet, 65% were either overweight of obese.
8. Snooze. While there is no magic number, if you are tired sleep. This is when your body restores itself from the daily abuse it receives. If you don’t allow for healing, you will break down eventually.
9. Move. Try to get in some physical exercise daily, 30 minutes of walking will do.
10. Run away, run far, far away. You will save money money in the long run by investing in yourself – you deserve it. People with high stress have 46% higher health costs.
Remember, stress reduction no mater how you achieve it – is always a good thing.
Do you have any other ways to help you relax?
I touched on this a bit in my first television appearance on Fox 35 Orlando Good Day. View the video:
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Carmen M. Perez, Travel Counselor
Your Florida Travel Expert and Gal Pal Bounce Back Getaways Specialist
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