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Is Stress Taking a Bite Out of Your Life?

By Sandy Schroeder

Questions about stress keep coming up in today’s world. When stress takes a bite out of someone’s life, it may start with a little irritation and worry, but then it may hurt all of the time. If you can relate, you may feel stressed when you get up, and even more stressed at the end of the day. Whatever worries are holding you captive, they can harm you mentally and physically. The longer they continue, the more you can lose.

It’s hard to put a dollar value on peace of mind. Actually it’s priceless. Finding ways to let go of stress can be invaluable. Here are a few ways to let go from workingwoman.com.

Ways to Let Go of Stress

Making life better starts by finding inner peace.

Let yourself off the hook - We all make mistakes, but clinging to the memory and guilt will simply wear you out. Do your best to fix the error and then let it go. Think of it this way; if someone else had made the error you probably would have forgiven them long ago.

Settle differences with others - Angry memories, bitter words and long-standing grudges may be doing more damage than you realize. Reach out to those involved to clear the air. At first it may be hard, but resolving the issues may give you an amazing sense of freedom.

Head outside to breathe better - The minute I step outside my head starts to clear. Henry David Thoreau said nature never cheats us. It just reenergizes us.

Start moving now - Run, jog, walk or settle onto your yoga mat and soothe mind and the body. You have everything to gain: less stress, more energy, a trimmer figure and a clearer mind.

Applaud what you do - Focus on whatever you do well. You may be good with words, quick with numbers, or excellent with people. Focus on that and think about ways to put your talents to good use.

Find a quiet place - In a chaotic world, pausing to be alone and just absorb the quiet can help us find a better balance with our family, work and the world. Sit quietly and let the peace ease your stress.

Reach out to help - When we are stressed we sometimes forget other people may be hurting, too. Look around to see  how you can help. You could bake cookies with your kids and visit a senior center. Or you could spend a Saturday at your local animal shelter, donating supplies and hands-on-help. By the time you leave, you and your family may be smiling. In volunteering the givers always get more back than what they give.

Chiropractic is a great way to remove some of the stress and tension from your body. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monrovia, Calif.

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