Stress Relief, Anyone?

Nobody out there is stressed, right?  Nah, I didn’t think so. So you won’t be interested in how to reduce and better handle your stress, would you?

Just in case there ARE any folks out there who would like to feel more relaxed and on top of things, I have a few suggestions.  In case you didn’t notice, I have a fair amount of experience with stress.  I personally carry a fair amount, and I also see lots of people in the office with problems that are partly or wholly due to stress. Depression, anxiety, sleep problems, ulcers and reflux, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic back pain, obesity, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on!

How can someone keep their stress down to manageable levels?  There are lots of options to reduce stress.  Some will probably be easier than others for each individual person.

First of all, take a look at your commitments. Are you overstretched?  What responsibilities can you delegate to others or reasonably let go?  If you have four kids and each plays three sports, you’re going to be stressed trying to keep up with everyone’s meets and games and practices. Setting limits is important. When my husband was undergoing his cancer treatments I had to step down as Chair of Family Medicine at my hospital. Although it was important to represent the members of my department I wasn’t able to make the meetings and it was putting extra stress on me.

Secondly, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Rest is very important for your health and mood. If you wake up tired in the mornings that’s a signal you’re not getting enough rest.

Third, make time to exercise. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but exercise releases feel-good hormones in the brain called endorphins. They reduce stress, decrease anxiety and depression, and improve sleep quality. It also feels good to make a commitment to do something regularly that’s good for you 🙂

One other way to reduce stress is to spend time with your loved ones. Snuggle with your sweetie, call your mom, have lunch with a friend, or take your kids to the zoo. Treat it as a special treat for yourself, not a chore. Enjoy yourself and feel yourself relaxing!

If the above measures aren’t successful in helping you feel more on top of things, there are a number of different supplements that can help.  Check this page for some suggestions.

Stress can make you sick!  The good news is there are ways to reduce it so that your life is exciting and stimulating, not exhausting and overwhelming.

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