Monday, July 09, 2012
I read an article here on SP that someone had put up on Woman's Day Magazine has put in their magazine over the years to reduce stress...there was something like 72..so what I did was just put up the 1st 10 with my comments..
1 | Take three deep breaths—5 seconds in, 5 seconds out—to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010 (I do this myself and it does seem to slow your heart rate..And one thing I'm trying to do is to learn to breathe better when I exercise or walk and to breathe deeply with my diaphram instead of my belly)
2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963 (I have watch our little dog that sometimes acts like a cat and first thing she does when she gets up in the morning is stretch..I've begun to stretch when I first get up and it helps to start my day.)
3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000 (I sometimes put on my favorite CD and sing along..and since most of the time noone hears me but me than I will sing at the top of my lungs.
4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975 (I do stretch my neck and roll it around especially when I'm sitting too long. )
5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010 (My mom was a stickler for standing with correct posture and now back doctors are telling us the same thing..sit up straight and stand up straight..watch your stride.)
6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011 (I think it is why I love massages..we all need that touch..pets help also.Loving on a pet is almsot as good)
7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003 (Since I've been trying to remove sugar from my diet, I now chew sugar free mint gum..and it really helps me not to want to snack as well as calms my nerves)
8 | Take a mental break—focus on a photo of a loved one, a goal or a favorite place. April 2010 (Taking a walk helps as well...it gives me a metal break from things I think I should be doing)
9 | At work, walk over to someone's desk to talk, go to the watercooler, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension. May 1984 (being retired now, I can't do this but I do get up from the computer or if I'm sitting somewhere..I get up and move..Change location and just standing helps to make my blood flow better)
10 | Smooth on hand lotion. The smell and feel is wonderfully distracting. February 2006 (Don't forget the feet...in the summer when wearing sandals, our feet dry out so always smooth on lotion on my feet at nights after my bath..I used hand lotion all day and I keep a bottle in different places all over the house to make it convenient.)