Estimates are that 75-90% of visits to primary care physicians are due to stress related illnesses. Having that gerbil wheel going on in your head triggers cortisol to be released in your body. Unprocessed, this nasty little stuff will cause you all kinds of literal heartaches.
When you break a bone or have some sort of accident you immediately see how it affects you physically. Stress, on the other hand, kills us slowly, over time. It can be difficult to see the connection between heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression and anxiety, or gastrointestinal problems and the constant stress we have ourselves under. Make no mistake, though, unprocessed stress is a killer. Mental stress manifests quickly and sometimes instantly physically, so finding quick ways to manage it, throughout your day, can be just what the doctor ordered.
Only have 1 minute to de-stress? Here’s some methods that you can use this week…or right now.
WATCH THIS: A video – How to get rid of stress in 60 seconds. Our Communication Coordinator, Joe Carleno, sent me this video which was a fabulous reminder that we always have control over the meaning of what’s coming at us. We can shut that voice up, in our heads, if we realize when it’s not serving us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4RpOke5Bes&feature=youtu.be
TRY these other options:
Get up. Reach to the ceiling for 15 seconds, drop your arms by your sides, take 3 deep breathes, then lean over and reach towards the floor for 15 seconds.
Change your venue. Get up and take a walk around the office or go up and down some stairs for 1 minute.
Light up! Try some aromatherapy. Lavender seems to be the popular one for stress reduction.
Wiggly your bottom! Turn on your favorite song! The one that just makes you smile the minute the first chord is played. One that makes you remember a time when you were having fun!
Hug someone. Yep, studies have shown that hugging can reduce stress.
Cry. It’s okay. Just get it out. Stop holding it in. Let those tears flow like Niagara Falls. Sometimes stress just builds up and you need to let it out to get rid of it.
Write that horrible, nasty, wish you could have told them to their face, letter. Write it all out with passion and vigor. Don’t leave out anything you want to tell that person. Say it all. When you’re done, take a big, deep breathe and tear that puppy up into tiny little pieces. That voice inside of our head loves to be heard… so now you have heard it and now it should be just a little happier as might you.
May your week ahead be filled with satisfying accomplishments and moments of spontaneous joy. Listen. Serve. Celebrate.