It it does not matter what age, sex, physical condition or ethnicity you are - STRESS can KILL you!
Stress provides equal opportunities for stroke, heart attack, ulcers and a whole host of physical problems. We are constantly being stressed these days and our immune systems are compromised.
It is usually a low-grade type of stress and often we do not even realize we are stressed, yet we are not as happy, joyful and vibrant as we should be.
Here are a few stress reducing techniques that can serve you well.
The LACK of physical exercise causes stress, in the mind as well as in the body.
The human body is not designed to be sedentary. The body systems do not work correctly when we do not exercise. So try a brisk walk for 30 minutes at least five times a week, preferably somewhere in nature.
If you are over 50 and you’ve been inactive for a lengthy period of time, do not start a rigorous exercise program without first getting the blessing of your doctor.
You will be surprised at how much exercise will make you feel physically as well as emotionally.
Keeping regular hours of going to bed and getting up at the same time each and every 24-hour period will not only reduce your stress level, but it will make your waking hours far more productive.
Research has showed that you need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep for the immune system to work properly. Sleep deprivation causes STRESS and stress will kill you if you left unchecked!
3. Eat a healthy diet:
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Choose whole grains as often as possible. Choose chicken and fish more often that you choose red meat.
Decrease your intake of sugar. You will find that when your digestive system feels better, you’ll feel better inside and out.
4. Take time for yourself:
We live in a hurry-hurry world and never seem to take the pressure off of ourselves. So give yourself a break and relax!
Here’s one clinically proven technique I have shared with my coaching clients that will lower your stress and instantly relax you…
Breathe in through your nose slowly and through the belly.
Feel your abdomen expand….then slowly exhale through the mouth.
Do that for a couple of minutes.
Simply breathe .
Reading a book or listening to soothing music can also help you reduce stress.
Relax occasionally - do it on purpose! You owe it to yourself!