Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lightbulb moment

Chronic stress kills. Eliminate it...NOW.

I've heard it referred to as 'the silent killer'. Just exactly what is silent about it? Chronic stress screams at us to be addressed through sore stomachs, irritable bowels, racing pulses, skyrocketing blood pressures, etc., etc., etc.

What can we do to eliminate this quality of life disaster? Listen to our bodies and make good, or possibly drastic, lifestyle choices. By gaining control of the chronic stressors, we establish a good wall of defense to unavoidable life stresses.

Similar actions yield similar results. Put your ego aside and muster the courage to change. Remember the lessons of your childhood. They were relatively effortless and produced some of the happiest times in your life.

Get outside- Going out in the sunshine makes us feel good. Experts believe that sunlight causes changes in a tiny structure in the brain called the hypothalamus.

Play - Physical activity combats the production of stress hormones.

Eat properly - The lack of proper nutrients weakens our body and mind.

Have a set bedtime - Good sleep habits set the stage for a healthy life. It affects our mood and stress levels.

Do your homework - Procrastinating produces ill affects and increases stress.

Make friends - A happy social life is stress reducing. It consistently gives a sense of well-being.

Don't watch so much TV - TV and computer use encourages a lifestyle where you are not engaging actively in the real activities and people in your life. Try turning it off.

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