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Stress May Be In Your Head But It Hurts Your Body

By Sandy Schroeder

All of us should learn how to lower stress no matter what comes up. When I see someone doing this, I marvel at how they keep their cool in the midst of chaos and keep right on going. That means stress can only take little nips out of their mental and physical health, and it usually leaves quickly.

That is quite a contrast to what most of us do. If you have a stressful life, you may find yourself doing some of these negatives automatically.

  • Going to bed with a head full of concerns
  • Letting worries cloud your morning and slow your pace throughout the day
  • Trading in special events with family or friends for extra "must do" tasks
  • Working long hours just to keep pace

When you let stress dominate this much, you are increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity, anxiety and depression, and you are cheating your family and friends out of the time that they need with you.

Keep a clear head and try these straight-ahead strategies from Forbes that will lift your spirits and keep you moving forward.

Be Grateful for What You Have

Sometimes it is hard to see the silver lining as problems just keep raining down upon you, but if you look closely, you may see all sorts of things to be thankful for. Your family, friends, co-workers, community, and skills or talents are all still there. Take a minute to reach out to those around you and thank them for being there. At the same time, spend a few minutes on a project that you enjoy. Job satisfaction is hard to beat.

Step Away and Turn Down the Volume

You might be amazed at how much better you feel when you take a break to talk with a friend, or go for a walk. Step away for short breaks, or opt out for a weekend to give your body a chance to rally. I am always amazed at how enjoyable simple things can be when I pry myself out of my overloaded routines.

Rediscover Laughter

When we become overloaded, the ability to see the funny side often disappears. Treat yourself to a funny movie, or call up that friend who always makes you laugh. Laughter really is good for the soul. You might be amazed at how much better the world is later.

Never Ask 'What If?'

When worry takes over, it is all too easy to anticipate more problems. Playing the "what if" game can depress you even more and reduce your ability to cope. Instead of asking, "What If?" ask yourself "Why Not?"  Then go ahead and do some brainstorming on new answers to your problems. One interesting speculation often leads to more ideas.

If you really need a break from stress after trying to overcome it, you may want to see your doctor and find a therapist to work through the issues.

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

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