Friday, May 9, 2014

REDUCING STRESS


Researchers say middle-aged people who have frequent arguments are two to three times more likely to die prematurely. People who often fretted about their spouse or children were also a lot more likely to die prematurely from a variety of causes, including cancer, heart disease

 "Having an argument every now and then is fine, but having it all the time seems dangerous," the lead researcher tells LiveScience. 

According to the study published online  in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health could be killing you.

How you think can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being.

Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems. Conflict management classes could be a good way for communities to curb early deaths.

There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four As: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.

I find a combination of mediation, mindfulness and exercise counters stress and anxiety. The challenges may not go away but how they impact me can be managed. 

Deep Breathing helps. Taking a 5-minute break and focusing on my breathing slows down my heart rate and lowers my blood pressure.  Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Tune into your body, what is it telling you. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

To each their own but learning to be mindful helps minimize the impacts of those stressors and improves your relationships with others.  






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