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I have learned that my morning affirmations help reduce stress and start my day with a positive note. I get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend time with SparkCoach or a devotional book. I do this just before my morning workout or just after (depends on the day.) This is quality time I spend with myself. This only takes about 10 minutes and prepares me for the day ahead.
I have some serious problems with stress, and when I encounter a mega stressful situation, I first walk away (if possible physically, if not then mentally). Then I deep breathe into each part of my body, and thank that body part for supporting me. When you realize how much holds you, and is behind you all the way (strong legs, hard-working hands), you can conquer anything.
Take a "Caffeine Nap"
I work in a newsroom and leave my desk, find a quiet spot maybe a stairwell or even step outside and do a full-body stretch....from arms to back to legs and then go back to work. It increase bloodflow and gives a boost of energy.
When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins!
Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. Sugar can weaken eyesight. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract. Sugar contributes to obesity. Sugar can increase cholesterol. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
Get tired in the afternoon? Change shoes!
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