10 Tips To Manage Stress During Emotionally Charged Times
In response to these emotionally charged and difficult times I am sharing some tips with you to help you manage your stress. A very good friend of mine asked me what I could do to help her. Here’s what she said.
“As my smart phone alerts me with the latest sad FB post and the news loops the nation’s drama, I just looked down and saw how many of these I’ve eaten without even knowing it?. I’m coping with all this civil unrest by emotionally eating. I know I’ve gotta get moving and turn off the TV. But I’m emotionally and physically stuck. I need your professional physical and mental health advice. How to better cope? How do I shut it (TV) off and then shut it (the pain I’m feeling from this week’s loss of life) off? I’m sure others reading this could use your professional advice too. Please help ?us, Dolls. #exhaustedfromfightingthegoodfight#mindlessconsumption
- Take a time-out from the media. Step back clear your head. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques.
- Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand. Increase your protein intake to give you satisfaction longer.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
- Sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
- Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. A long prayer or meditation walk in the sun. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
- Take a Kangoo Dance class with Pamela Bennett Fitness. Kangoo Dance takes your cardio level up about 25%. Go hard or Go home! Burn calories and release stress.
- Accept that you cannot control everything. Think about what YOU can do to be a part of the solution. In your small corner of the earth think about what you can do. Make a list and seek to achieve the items on the list one at a time. Take baby steps. You can also partner with others who feel the same way you do to be the change that you seek. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
- Laugh. A good laugh goes a long way. Go to the movies. Choose a comedy. YOU MUST destress!
- Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. This is a great opportunity for a girls night out. Go to the amusement park. Six flags is open for the season. Ride a few roller coasters, laugh, scream and add some fun to your day.