Stress is Real and Necessary, But…

Yes, we all have stress. It is a part of how we are made. Most of the time, most of us deal with stressful situations and move on. However, there are times in our lives when stress seems unrelenting and we remain in  a state of heighten physical and emotional response. This is not good for our wellness, and really not good for no one around us. We do know that events are going to happen. We need to monitor our response to them. What we do on a regular basis can have a great impact on how we respond to those stress-inducing events. So before life throws “life” at us, let’s engage in habits that will help us have a healthier response.

 

3 Ways to Strengthen Our Response to Stress: 

  • Laugh: This may sound naive, but the old adage that laughter is the best medicine, really does have a foundation in science. You may not laugh in the moment, but engaging in some lightheartedness in life can help when we are in the heat of the moment. 7 Health Benefits of Laughter
  • Move: Yes, move! Yes, regular exercise will help your body respond in a more healthy way to stress. Do you need to hit the gym or train for a marathon? No, not at all. Exercise is whole category in itself. For today, for stress relief, we are suggesting music. What kind of music do you like? What makes you want to move? Everyone has a different style they prefer. My favorite shake off the blues, bust the stress, have a better rest of the day music right now is “Shake” by MercyMe. Give it a listen and see if it doesn’t boost your mood too. “Shake” by MercyMe
  • Relax: Deep Breathing, Muscle Relaxation, and Mindful Meditation. Each of these will work great for you. Relaxation Techniques

Check back soon to learn several more techniques that not only improve your stress response, but in turn help improve your overall health.

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