You can not always control what goes on outside, But you can always control what goes on inside.
In a study conducted at the department of psychiatry at the state university of New York, one hundred volunteers were asked to compile a list of their daily positive and negative experiences.
When researchers compared this information with antibody activity in volunteers saliva (which indicates immune function) they discovered that stress from a negative event affects the immune system on the day it happens, a positive one can boost the system for two days or more.
Here is a prescription for reducing stress in your life, decide here and now that you are your own first priority. We each have the same 24 hours in a day and can make choices about how we live them.
There are many simple low or no cost things that you can do to reduce stress. Some are gentle reminders to relax that you can do often, even daily, others require some planning. They are all intended to help you slow down, Slow down, take care of yourself, relax and renew.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Drive within the speed limit
- Be willing to say No.
- In a stressful situation ask yourself, What is important right now?
- Write on a post it note “Breathe”
- When you feel yourself pushing to complete a self imposed task, ask yourself this question, “will this matter next year?”
- Take several long, slow breathes at every traffic stop.
- Notice how often you say “Hurry up” to yourself or someone else, especially to children.
- Remember the only people that are finished with everything are those that are longer with us.
Make a plan to relax
- Practice Shavasana for 5 minutes a few times a week.
- Eat breakfast everyday seated.
- Take a nap at the weekend.
- Take a walk in nature in the middle of the week, do not look at your watch or phone.
- Leave for your appointment 10 minutes earlier and enjoy the trip.
- Take a walk with a young child. Walk at his pace. Stop whenever he wants to stop, for as long as he wants. Notice if you feel impatient. Let him teach you how to slow down.
- Plan a pyjama day where you stay home and do whatever you want, read, soak in the bath, listen to music.
- Lie on the couch for a few minutes, do not listen to music, read, use the phone, or sleep, just be there.
- Take a 5 minute stretch break during your working day.
Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax. You have enough, you do enough, you are enough, RELAX……