The Low-Down on Stress
We've been focusing a lot on helping parents manage stress better because of the direct impact parental wellness has on children.There are plenty of reasons to start dealing effectively with stress. For starters, stress has a major impact on our physical and mental health.
Physical Health Impact of Stress
Appetite issues...and MORE.
Mental Health Impact of Stress
Lack of motivation
When stress continues unchecked, it can result in negative behavioral manifestations that cause even more problems, spilling into every area of our life.
Stop Stress in its Tracks
Something as simple as a walk around the block can be enough to bolster your spirits and help you cope better with life's uncertainties. Aerobic activity increases the "feel good" chemicals in your brain. Weather too frightful for walking? Here's one of my faves for indoor stepping.
Talk to a trusted friend or relative and unload all the things that trouble you. Feel like you're burdening them? Find a good therapist, counselor or coach in your area who can help. Short on cash? Call a support hotline.
You can be flexible both figuratively and literally. Mental flexibility is essential for stress management. Yoga, for physical flexibility, can be extremely effective for relieving tension and helping you remain centered and calm. Have a combination of both and you're way ahead of the game! You can even get the kids in on this, and you'll be teaching them a skill they'll keep for life!
Aromatherapy is a GREAT way to reduce stress. Lavender has been touted as a very calming scent.
Sound is healing. From healing tones to classical music, find what soothes your soul. There is no denying of the relaxation response that is elicited from calming sounds and melodies.
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention breathing. We've got a whole separate post on that. You can find it HERE.
Ahhhhh, doesn't that feel better?
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