Stress and Your Well Being
There are multiple sources of stress and it is important to remember that your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. The nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off. One way to cope with stress is through mindfulness. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. One exercise to practice mindfulness is…
5-3-1 Practice from the Center for Healthy Minds
- Meditate 5 minutes per day. For many people, focusing on the breath or taking a break from your To-Do list helps de-stress and calm the mind.
- Write down 3 good things that happened today. Previous research in individuals suggests a positive relationship between gratitude and higher levels of well-being
- Do 1 act of kindness. Whether it’s holding the door for the person behind you or paying someone a heartfelt compliment, generous behavior is not only good for the person receiving it, but also for the giver.
Other useful techniques include deep breathing, meditation, and yoga. Here are some tips…
Stress Management Tips:
- Eat healthy, and exercise regularly
- Make your environment clutter-free
- Make time for your hobbies and interests.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
- Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine, too.
Learning basic stress management and relaxation techniques is easy. Explore these simple techniques and tips to get started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.