Stress Tips to Make Life Easier and a little less stressful
1 Make deep Diaphragmatic breathing part of your everyday stress management routine more info
2 Do some moderate exercise, it boosts immune function. Do it regularly, at least 3 or 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes (or 3 lots of 10 to 15mins). Brisk walking is ideal and can be fun too
3 Listen to soft relaxing music, let your mind drift to pleasant thoughts. Loving or meaningful pictures can also help to pleasantly relax your mind; carry one or two with you!
4 Eat healthily. Eating more natural, unprocessed, fresh food is good for you. Eat lean meat or fish, dark green vegetables and fruit high in antioxidants, e.g. an apple a day keeps the Dr. away! Moderation is key
5 Eat 1oz (25 grams) of dark chocolate daily, this can help to reduce blood pressure and help to prevent heart disease
6 Despite and counter-argument, it is believed that coffee has health benefits. While some say it is a stimulant and raises blood pressure, its beneficial effects outweigh any risks involved more info
7 Spoil yourself, go for a soft tissue massage at least once a month. This stimulates oxytocin; one of our love/bonding chemicals
8 Work on building good relationships. If you love or like someone, the value of that love is in the experience of it; not the knowledge of it. When we feel love, it is a chemically driven response within our brain and one which helps to regulate stress and anxiety
9 Avoid stimulants, mood and mind-altering drugs. Whilst these appear to alleviate stress, long term they actually increase it; and they’re not good for You either!
10 Take up a stress-busting hobby or activity, e.g. dancing, chess, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi etc. Also engage in brain stimulating games, crosswords, sudoku etc. keep the white and grey matter active!
11 Learn to discover your inner self and develop a good loving relationship with yourself; at the end of the day it all starts and ends with you. So learn to love and accept yourself. We are not perfect, and fortunately, we don’t have to be!
12 Increase your love meter. Simply that means making a list of the things you love to experience; then experience it. If you love your family, do things that make you feel that love, if you love music, listen to it, if you love the outdoors; go there, etc.
The value we get from love is from the bodily experience of it. More important than that is this. The bodily experience of love comes when a certain number of cells and networks are flooded with specific neurotransmitters and it is the most health-promoting of all our chemicals. Herbert Benson MD says, "love regulates stress, stress regulates everything else"!