Stress and Your Body, A Not So Obvious Health Hazard

LeahO By LeahO, 29th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/6mr3h9uv/
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Stress is a serious health concern that can easily be overlooked, especially in young women. This article outlines some practices that can be used to alleviate stress and create healthy body and mind.

Take Care of Your Body and Mind


Stress makes us physically ill. It disrupts our lives. So take care of yourself and learn ways to relieve stress before it becomes too much to handle.

When you are stressed out and feel extra hyper, perhaps so energetic that you can't sit still, choose activities to slow yourself down. Take a bubble bath and read a book, sit down and drink some hot tea, practice yoga stretches to increase circulation throughout your body or meditate to loosen your muscles.

Meditation is a wonderful way to relax. Find a comfortable quiet place where you can sit for at least 15 minutes. If you have a timer set it when you sit down. Start with deep breathing. Inhale deep and exhale slowly. Repeat 3 or 4 times to calm your body. Continue to breathe slowly, but not as deep. Focus on your body and how you feel. Don't think about your troubles, just focus on your breathing and your body. It can help to imagine places that make you feel safe and warm. You can imagine you are with someone you trust, in a quiet forest with a stream nearby or sitting next to the ocean with waves breaking. Meditation can be done anywhere once you learn how. Practice meditation before a big test, before work or school and to wind down at the end of each day.

If you are feeling tired and need some energy try something that will get your blood pumping. Go for a walk or run, listen to upbeat music, dance around your room, meet up with a good friend and make a craft together, or go hiking together.

Laughter is a great way to cheer you up. Have you ever laughed so hard you cried or laughed until your stomach hurt? When was the last time you laughed? Was it something funny your sister or brother did? Was it someone at school or a story you were told? Write down funny memories and keep these in your memory box to pull out when you need a laugh. Watch a funny movie or read a book of jokes and let laughter melt your problems away.

If you are frustrated than you may need to vent and let loose your frustrations. Talk to a trustworthy friend, punch a pillow scream into your pillow (to muffle the sound) or go somewhere alone and ROAR like a lioness as loud as you can! Learn to listen to your brain. Be aware of when your body signals it's time to eat, relax and move faster or slower.

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Leah is an artist, fundraiser and activist in Southern California. Her background includes work with foster and homeless youth, domestic violence, sexual assault and environmental protection.

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author avatar ittech
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Very good sharing. I like it.

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author avatar johnnydod
29th Dec 2011 (#)

stress can be awful , good article

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author avatar Jimmy Kopelia
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Stress is awful. After work, I do not drive home. I just walk 40 minutes, relax, and forget the day's problems. Very good articles. Cheers

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author avatar LeahO
30th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you all!

Wonderful Jimmy! It is amazing how easily we can choose not to release stress and just work work work to make sure we have everything. It is good to remember our bodies work better when we treat them well.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Jan 2012 (#)

Great advice for relaxing the stressed mind.

Wish you a stress-free new year, and a happy one too!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
1st Jan 2012 (#)

Fabulous article. I loved your great tips. Stress is a killer. Laughter is indeed a wonderful remedy. :-) I also love dancing around to my favorite music and singing loudly...lol. That always makes me feel better!

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author avatar LeahO
3rd Jan 2012 (#)

I am so glad you all like it. Thank you.

I use laughter almost every time I am feeling stressed. I created a list of funny events and memories and hung that on my wall. It is a good reminder to not take life so seriously.

Sometimes I like to make up silly dances too. This works best with kids around.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Nicely writtenas well very intersting post filled with a lot of interesting facts as well tips, thank you for sharing and nice post. I'll be looking for your pieces in the forum, cheers!

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