3/31/09

A Simple Guide to Fight Stress

I got these tips in an email from the Wellness Committee at work so i wanted to share :) Regardless of the age group one belongs, stress is considered today to have an extremely dramatic impact on the human immune system. That is because stressful situations that have and extensive duration affect the hormones of the human body, which in turn direct affect the human immune system. Cases of chronic constipation, migraines, acne breakouts, upper respiration infections, colds, ulcers, and even more serious health problems like diabetes, heart diseases, and certain types of cancers, can be linked, according to scientists, to prolonged periods of stress. But do not get despaired. Although stress cannot be eliminated, social scientists, psychologists, and doctors, agree that stress can be controlled and people that are able to give themselves another chance can live healthier lives. Exercise: Known for its tension relieving outcomes, a steady exercise problem can help people reduce their stress levels. A calm evening walk or a more dynamic type of exercise, like an aerobic class, can help a stressed individual get rid of the tension and the anxiety that are caused by stress. Sleep: Give your body and mind the opportunity to rejuvenate naturally during sleep. Although people under stress experience difficulties in sleeping the appropriate hours needed, experts support that sticking with a steady sleeping plan and going to bed every night around the same time, avoiding heavy food or caffeine drinks, can help a person fall asleep and lower his stress levels. Breath: Learn how to breathe properly and practice it frequently. Deep breathing exercises can help the brain and body reconsider the parameters of a stressful situation and readjust to the experience. Inhale air from the nose and exhale it from the mouth after holding it for five seconds. In the meantime clear your mind and concentrate on a pleasant thought. Avoid: Try to avoid consuming caffeine substances and never take it out on yourself. Caffeine can prolong the stress period and since it is a stimulator you can experience problems in sleeping or breathing. Moreover, by blaming yourself and your luck you are not concentrating on solving an issue but rather on prolonging the distress and the anxiety you feel. Don't panic: Although it is common to let your feelings go wild when upset, try to focus on what you feel and act as if that was your main problem so as to solve it. Listening to music, breathing properly, writing a journal, exercising, going out, or doing whatever you think is appropriate can put you in a better mood. Talk: People surrounding you are not indifferent to your problems. Stop treating them as if they were. Speak about what worries you and ask for their help. Even the fact that someone will listen and offer another perspective can be enough for you to see another ankle of the issue and work towards its solution. Taken from www.streetdirectory.com Last but not least GO ON A VACA (speaking of i will post some pix of mine soon i'm still putting them together) Think about the following quotes for a stress free week at work:
You're good enough, you're smart enough and gosh darn it people like you.
- Stuart Smalley –
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
- Thaddeus Golas -
We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.
- Olin Miller, writer –
Just remember, 100% of the shots you don't take, don't go in.
- Wayne Gretzky
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Oliver Wendell Holmes once attended a meeting in which he was the shortest man present. "Dr. Holmes," quipped a friend, "I should think you'd feel rather small among us big fellows." "I do," retorted Holmes, "I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies."
- Anonymous -

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I usually say this 1 prayer to myself to keep my mind at peace. I'm sure y'all have heard of the Serenity Prayer... "God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, & Wisdom to know the difference"

lotafe said...

great words of advice!

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