It is here, the holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or don’t celebrate at all, there is stress in our lives. How we deal with that stress, the good old every day kind as well as the elevated levels during special events is important.
Stress is part of living, but it does not have to kill us. We need to learn to be aware of the triggers of stress and then reduce the stress. Sounds easy, right? Ever tried to get rid of a stress trigger when you are married to it or work with it? I know, you can’t get away from those triggers some time. However, how you react to those triggers is under your control.
Now, I am not saying it is easy to ignore those things that push your buttons and add to your stress levels. But you do have the power to change to way you look at things! (Thanks to Dr Wayne Dyer for that one.) When you decide not to react to an external stress, you can find ways to diffuse the reaction. Even if you have to just smile and bite your lip. By not taking the bait you are now in control of your emotions. Hold onto that control.
Stress is not healthy if we don’t release that stress daily. Exercise is great for stress relief. Play with the children, take the dog for walk, dance with a partner, play a few games of the Wii fit, have fun, laugh with abandon.
Leave the cell phone at home or off. Getting the stress out of your day begins when you let the day go. Keeping in-touch with everyone all the time does not give you time to let go of stress. Emails, text messages, phone calls and IMs are great ways to communicate. Letting these methods take over our lives is not healthy. The OFF button is there for a reason, use it daily.
As I have explored in earlier posts, Diet, Exercise and Wise Supplementation are the ways to prevent up to 75% of such diseases as Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Obesity and Diabetes. See Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired. Stay well and enjoy your life!