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Thursday, August 4, 2011


Quickly answer this next question: What does it mean to be a "healthy person"? I'm guessing exercising, eating right and not being sick came to mind. Something's likely missing from your list. What's overlooked you ask?? Your mental health. Are you resting? Are you finding time to breathe, to do nothing, to be alone, to be still? Stress can be a killer...literally.

"Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes." (2010 Stress in America report. American Psychological Association. Accessed Dec. 7, 2010.)

Do you experience any of these effects?
Common effects of stress ...
... On your body... On your mood... On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal
Source: American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" report, 2010

So...what can you do?
1. Breathe - Find a quiet place. Sit. Be still. Breathe. Be alone. Inhale through your nose for a count of 5 (count in your head, it'll eliminate the "noise" going on in your brain) and fully exhale slowly. Continue in for 5 and out. Focus on your stomach and chest as they move in and out.Try for 5 minutes and expand your time as you are able.
2. Journal -write down your thoughts or draw for a few minutes each day
3. Rely on others - call a friend
4. Take a warm bath
5. Meditate or pray - there are CD's available that will guide you through the process!
6. Tak a walk - really try and pay attention to what you see, feel, smell and hear. Be aware of your surroundings.
7. Get a massage
8. Take a yoga class
9. Exercise
10. Listen to music, whatever helps you relax

Leave a comment if you have other great ways for reducing stress!

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