10 methods to help melt the stress
When you’re straining under everyday pressure, technology, tea, good old-fashioned fun or seven other de-stressers can help take the worry away
By JAN JARVIS
“If you have any doubt that stress is pandemic, just Google it.
The word stress produces nearly 180 million responses. That thought alone is probably enough to send your stress hormones surging.
There’s no escaping stress, but there are plenty of ways to deal with it, from homespun strategies to proven techniques.
Start by taking care of yourself, said Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, a Fort Worth psychologist and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Getting enough sleep and eating healthful foods can help you tolerate stress better, she said.
“If you think things will never get better, it ups your stress, as opposed to thinking that this is not a good situation but everybody’s doing their best,” Crow said. “Your self-talk can make a difference.”
Lots of techniques — deep breathing, yoga poses, list-making, exercise — can break up the day and help reduce stress.
“If you get a sense of peaceful control over your life and your world, it does reduce stress,” Crow said.
Here are some fun and soothing ways to turn down the volume on stress:
A gentler way to wake up
My Wake Up Call promises to deliver an upbeat message that gets you out of bed in a kinder, gentler way than the annoying buzz of an alarm clock. A month’s worth of daily inspirational messages can be downloaded to an MP3 player or CD.
Research shows that an uplifted mindset upon awakening adds up to a positive perspective throughout the day. And that means less stress.
My Workout Wake Up Call is the first in a series of motivational messages and includes music recorded by the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. The messages from a personal trainer are designed to encourage listeners to get up and go exercise.
Others on the way include: My Worthiness Wake Up Call, My Wellness Wake Up Call and My Wisdom Wake Up Call.
There are several ways to get the motivational messages. You can download a month’s worth of messages to your iPod or iPhone for about $20 a month (you’ll need the free alarm clock from the iTunes app store) or buy a CD player with messages for about $50. Other options are available at www.mywakeupcalls.net…”
Thank you, Jan Jarvis for featuring MY WORKOUT WAKE UP CALL in your article in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram Article! We really appreciate it!
All the best to you!
Robin B. Palmer, CLTC, CSA, LTCP