5 Ways of Managing Stress
A vintage friend of ours noted the other day..."if I’d known I was going to last this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself!"
Most folks are shifting their food selections (and quantity) based on new dietary data...and that is good.
How Are You Managing Stress?
What about you? How are you managing stress? Exercise for post 50’s is a topic for another day, but all the votes are in on being active. Now, stress management deserves an equal focus.
Sometimes, we are so cooped up that we ignore the impact of our pressured world on minds and bodies. We only notice our carcass’ cry for help when we start feeling pain or stress. That’s like waiting till the car breaks down before getting a service! We need to get ahead of the human equivalent of a car breakdown to keep a reasonable balance.
What Stress Does to Us
No stress? Not possible. But good management is possible and not so difficult. Lavish the same amount of care on the old body and mind as you would if it were a vintage Ferrari or Aston. Remember, it IS the vehicle that has to carry you around and if it collapses, you’re going down too!
Stress is a major factor that keep us from doing the things we need to do. They are also responsible for keeping us from performing at our best at work and with the family. How can we avoid or reduce stress?
This article may have the answer to your problem. After living 150 years between us in high pressure environments, we’ve learned a thing or 3.
Ways of Managing Stress
1. Take a day off
Do you feel like you no longer have time for yourself? Does your job require you to work even on your day off and during the holidays?
Do you feel burned out by the demands of your work? It is time you give yourself a break by asking your boss to take a day or two off work.
Give your head a holiday from the daily grind and smell the flowers for a change. You can walk your dog to the park or take a dip at the beach or visit a flower greenhouse or museum. You can go window shopping or watch a movie at the mall.
You can even just stay at home, work on your garden or window boxes, or hang out with yours kids. These can help ease some body pain and stress. Some of this bad stuff is psychosomatic...it is created by your mind. So give your noggin a break!
2. Hit the spa
Nowadays, we often think there is no time or place to just relax. Spas are scattered all over the place and they offer affordable services that pamper your body and soul.
Europeans really understand this and both men and women are quite comfortable in frequent spa escapes. Imagine being surrounded by plants and aromatic candles while being massaged and scrubbed. For many their puritan ethic is the big enemy of this sort of relaxation...and they pay the price!
The expert hands of the masseuse can do wonders to those tired muscles and the relaxing ambience can also ease the signs of stress you feel. If you like, you can dip yourself in the Jacuzzi while having a glass of fruit juice or go for a steam bath.
In addition, there are spas that offer facials, haircut, manicure, pedicure and other services that guarantee to make you feel and look beautiful inside and outside. If you want to make your mind and body last, you hd better take some care!
There are moments when we feel like giving up with the stress in our mind and body. We are barking at everyone. The weeps creep up. A wave of despair rolls over.
One effective stress reduction technique is to go somewhere else away from the daily triggers of this unpleasantness. You need a change of environment every now and then to keep yourself healthy.
Being imprisoned in the four corners of the office or the house can be draining to your system. It can become too tiring working the whole day and seeing the same things and people and problems. A merry-go- round without music.
Go on a vacation by travelling to another country or state or even treat yourself to a cruise. Climb Mt. Fuji or Kilimanjaro or get someone to carry you up. The change of environment can relieve stress. By the time you get back to work, you will be good as new.
4. Go on a retreat
Have some quiet time. If you can get a guide, it's better. If not, go to a place that teaches meditation and learn how to do it.
5. Change activity
A simple change in what you are doing now to something different always bring about a refreshing outlook. Say, you are writing an article and has already been on your computer for about 4 hours. Go and do you garden or cook your dinner or go colour. By the time, you get back to your writing, your mind is refreshed and may see just a different angle to the story or the article.
The stress reduction techniques presented above are tested and will keep all systems of the Ferrari you live inside at maximum performance. Good fuel (food)...a bit of racing (exercise) and good servicing with stress reduction have really high pay offs.
So....take a day off, hit the spa, have a change of activity or travel to re-energize your body and go for a retreat to rejuvenate your spirit. You’re doing everyone around you a favour as well!
What about you? How do you manage stress? Please leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.