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How to Silence Your Stress Demons

By Sandy Schroeder

We all have some stress demons who love to pop out when least expected. Quelling them can make a big difference, allowing us to put life back together, and move ahead stronger and better.

When allowed to run free, stress demons can take more and more of the space in our heads, making us feel even more out of whack. When corralled, life slows down a little, and starts to look a little more normal.

Here are some good ways to corral the stress demons from Everyday Health.

Take an Electronic Break

Do a daily journal of your typical media journeys in TV, social media and phone time. In the same way you track calories, list your TV, text messaging, and internet time. If the amount of time startles you, consider stepping back a little. Get together with friends or take a yoga class instead of settling in for an evening of TV. Shut down your phone at dinner and leave it outside of your bedroom at night. Keep modifying your electronic time to shorten the leash.

Reach for the Right Foods

Instead of hitting your favorite franchise for double burgers and fries, enjoy the stress reduction powers of dark chocolate, avocados, tuna, salmon, oranges, strawberries, and grapefruit. Also sidestep pizza, sodas, and pastries in favor of more trips to your local farmers market.

Mix in Some Motion

Siphon off stress with your favorite doctor-approved exercises. Choose from peak energy running, spinning or dancing, or yoga, tai chi and Pilates. Or simply put on your sneakers and walk off your worries with an early morning session on the treadmill, or an after dinner walk around the neighborhood.

Add Some Laughter

My family has found laughter to be the best stress releaser of all. We are all pretty intense, and tension can build quickly, but a single funny remark works every time to lower the stress levels. Keep looking for the funny spots in life. Reach for your favorite funny movies, and rely on breaks with upbeat friends to lighten the load.

Follow Up with Rest and Relaxation

Try for 7 to 9 hours per night of sleep. Make sure your bedroom is a sleep haven with air filters to muffle noise, and blackout drapes to block light. In the daytime avoid naps, but do take timeouts outside to just soak up a little sun and enjoy the greenery.

If you continue to feel stressed, you may want to see your doctor and follow up with a recommended psychologist.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loveland, Colo.

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