From mental to physical, stress can cause problems.
I see it all the time. Neck, shoulders, backs and more. Digestive issues to sleep problems. Stress is an underlying cause.
I am asked often do I have any stress? haha yup…I own a business be it small but it has lots of stress. I am a mom. They are young adults but they still cause stress and worries. This job is physical which means lots of physical repetitive motion stress. And I do spend time sitting in front of this dang computer. So I do have plenty of stress.
What do I do for my stress?
Exercise. I try and work out every morning for at least 30 minutes. I like to weight train most, but I do have days where I just stretch or even do a short yoga video.
Meditate. This is new for me and I am finding it to be the most effective to relax me and help manage my stress. I use an App called Insight Timer. It offers guided mediation as short as 1 min to 60 min and longer. They offer first time sessions, relax, stress, sleep, mindfulness, anxiety and soooo much more.
Side bar: I find time once a day to sit or lie (yes the massage table is a great beni) and listen to a session for 10-25 minutes. I can not say enough about how much calmer I feel since I have started practicing. I never thought I could do it. I always though that you had to not think but that is not the case. I am not good at explaining how to do it. Trust me I was very doubtful of its benefits and my ability to do it. It has been 2 months now and I love it and miss it on the days I don’t take the time. I recommend starting with the App Head Space where they have 10 days of beginner/intro sessions or take classes with Deb LeClair at Full Spectrum Wellness
Walk. I try and get outside for 10-20 minutes. Just simple walking helps clear the head. The fresh air and sunshine are a bonus.
What else can help reduce stress?
Listening to music you love. Sing and dance like no one is watching. It will boost your heart rate and elevate your endorphin’s.
Shut off your phone, PC, table etc.
Get in the car and drive to no where.
Clean house. Clutter is stressful. Knowing you have a dirty “xyz” can cause you stress. Taking 20 min to focus and clean 1 space will leave you feeling accomplished and allows your brain to wander while you do the mindless picking up.
Managing stress is all about finding a way to relax and tune out for just a bit. The benefits of those 20 minutes are enormous. We can not get away from life’s daily stresses but we can tune out and check in with ourselves to relax and maybe prevent some of the problems caused by chronic stress.