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5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress

By Sandwichedboomers @SandwichBoomers

photo-2Stress is the body’s response to any stimulus that taxes our personal resources. It can appear, suddenly and unannounced, through a variety of symptoms:

  • Physiologically as headaches or an upset stomach
  • Emotionally by feeling frustrated or overwhelmed
  • Cognitively from memory loss or trouble concentrating
  • Behaviorally with changes in eating or sleep patterns

State of mind affects wellbeing, and we’re all searching for some serenity in this frenetic world. Vacations ease tension, but they’re just too few and far between. So why not take a head trip as your relaxation destination:

Stay in the moment. Don’t beat yourself up about mistakes you’ve made. You’re human and no one is perfect. When you worry about the past or are afraid of the future, it keeps you stuck. Try something different-you deserve a second chance.

Take control of what’s within your reach. Have the wisdom to know the difference between what you can manage and what you cannot. And ask for help when you need it because you really don’t have to do it all alone.

Free yourself from negative feelings. Although you can’t necessarily change what happens to you, you can control how you handle it. Face uncertainty with an open mind and reframe negative feelings into neutral or positive ones.

Be grateful for what you have. And make a commitment to give of yourself, there are so many in need. Drive an elderly aunt to the doctor, babysit for neighbors having marriage problems, cook dinner at a homeless shelter.

Develop stress relievers. Relax to counteract burnout. Take care of yourself through exercise, nutrition and proper rest. And set aside time for the things that bring you pleasure.

I’ve discovered a sanctuary close to where I live. For years, I’ve walked the Venice canals, enjoying the landscaped gardens. And there are plenty of people and wildlife to hold my interest. When our grandchildren were young, feeding the ducks was the best adventure.

Is fishing on a lake, hiking in the countryside, or meditating after yoga class that special place where you feel at peace? Find what works for you and add an activity that helps you unwind to your weekly schedule.

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