Four ways to keep stress at bay
As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and warmer weather of April, there can be a bit of a dark cloudhanging in the spring sky. Often the first few weeks of the month are a rush of receipts and 1040’s as theApril 15 Tax deadline looms, and a rush of new schedules as the kids’ sports seasons fire up. Maybe that’swhy April is Stress Awareness Month; to remind us to take care of ourselves, and not let stress gounchecked.
Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply beabout creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.
It can be tough to make time for exercise when the schedule gets tight and tensions get high. But that's whenit becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, andmoodiness. If you can't make time for daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part ofyour day. A little goes a long way when you need it.
Giggle and hum
Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study in 2011 showed that 3 months oflaughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-saltdiet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication.
So cue up the "Who's on first?" or dance around with your kids while making dinner and work some gigglingand humming into your day.
Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus,massage feels good. When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of thepeople you love. Schedule a massage now to prepare for a busy (and fun) spring!
Commit to taking care of yourself this spring! You may be surprised with the results.