Stress and Your Body, A Not So Obvious Health Hazard
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.