“WHO’S STRESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSED, NOT ME”
Talk about a buzz word! In my opinion, the word stress is the most overused word in the English language. Everybody is stressed out, or so it seems. There are self-help books by the volumes, blog posts by the thousands, and doctor offices full of patients, that are dealing with the problem of stress in our lives.
We need to wake up and toss the tranquilizers. Stress is here, and it is here to stay. Society won’t slow down enough to allow us a chance to hop off this speeding train, so we have to learn to take it in stride and not stress about being stressed. We can either let it get to us, or we can learn to effectively deal with it.
Personally, I don’t have a lot of time to do all of the, pamper me, kinds of things very often. Don’t get me wrong, I would spend five days a week in the spa, if I could. Nobody loves a massage more than I do. My feet jump for joy, every time they are treated to a pedicure. But, most days I have to settle for a brief sniff of the lavender soap in my bathroom. Out of necessity, I have arrived at five things that I do every day, regardless of how busy I am. Since I work from my home, I can’t get away from it. These five tips are my personal de-stressors:
- I walk away from my office for a few minutes. I go to some other part of the house and do something I enjoy, such as piddling in my workshop, or straightening the contents of a drawer. Not only does it relieve my stress level, but I enjoy a sense of accomplishment from completing a simple project during my break.
- Call a friend. It is very easy for me to be so focused on my work that I become a hermit. I make a conscious effort every day to go outside or another room in my house, and call a friend. A few minutes of friendly chatter can chase away the cares of the day.
- Read. Home decorating is a hobby. I am a home improvement magazine addict. It is relaxing to me to sit down with one of these pretty publications and renew my creative energy.
- Take a shower – Do you remember the lavender soap I mentioned earlier? I slather it all over my body and let the warm water rinse it, and my stress away. Lavender is a healing scent. It naturally decreases your heart rate, and relaxes you. This is why I pass out frozen wash clothes, with lavender oil on them, at the end of my cycling classes.
- I stretch. Stress will cause your muscles to contract, particularly in the neck, shoulders, and back. Stretching will elongate the muscles, helping to relieve the stress and lactic acid that builds up throughout the day. Stretching will also improve your flexibility, which an important component of fitness.
I’ll bet that you are thinking, “I can’t believe that a fitness professional didn’t mention exercise.” Do you have to be reminded to brush your teeth! Exercise is a given. I shouldn’t have to tell you to do what you already know to do. My purpose in writing this article is to give you a new idea or two to help you to de-stress. Make time during each day to do something you love to do, just don’t stress about it.
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