Anti Stress Lifestyle Program
In today’s world its easy for people to be stressed day in day out, by following some simple changes to your everyday life its possible to relieve some of that stress and make beneficial changes to your overall health.
On walking, greet the day and thank the night
Gentle stretching exercise (qigong, yoga or simple stretches).
Cleansing and substantial breakfast.
Take time to consider the day ahead.
Make lists or plan movements. Create a realistic structure within which to work, allowing flexibility.
Cleanse the body
Take a stimulating shower or a relaxing bath.
Create a harmonious environment both at home and at work
Be aware of lighting – harsh hot lighting can cause headaches.
Try to take time to be in natural light every day.
If you are seated for most of the day, is your body (particularly your back) well supported? Be aware of your posture, hunching over a keyboard can cause back problems and poor circulation in the hips and legs.
Try to walk or stretch away from your desk for a few minutes every half-hour.
If driving in frustrating traffic jams causes you stress, can you take the train?
Allow plenty of time.
Read, focus on deep breathing or meditate while travelling.
Listen to healing music on your personal stereo at low volume.
Walk to the station or to work, where possible.
Breathe in fresh air each day and notice nature and the cycle of the seasons.
State your boundaries
Can you really work every day until 7.00pm or later when you have a lovely home you’d much rather be in? Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
Kind words of encouragement or praise enhance self-esteem and create a pleasant ambience in the work place. Too much criticism and rudeness create disharmony and increase stress in the individual and others. Constructive criticism works wonders when given politely and with positive advice.
Work and social life
Most people enjoy socializing with their work mates.
Offer, or encourage your employer to arrange, sporting facilities and/or bring in natural health therapists who can work during lunchtimes.
Encourage get-togethers for relaxation and letting off steam.
Social and family life
Make time to socialize with yourself! You deserve some time for yourself. Who do you enjoy doing? It may be reading, walking, thinking or just luxuriating in a very long bath. Whatever it is, you deserve it.
Make time to be with those you love and who love you, your family and good friends. A few hours spent in the company of loved ones works wonders for boosting morale. Laughter and shared experiences are all ‘money in the bank’ for your own health.
Look at your diary. Do you have NO TIME? Reassess, and try to make time for yourself, family and friends. It is worth the effort. You are worth the effort. Positive experiences boost the immune system, your health generally and that of those around you.
Structure your day’s work and be realistic regarding what can and cannot be achieved.
At home, organize your meals and your housework to avoid being over stimulated by a noisy Hoover or dishwasher at midnight, or tapping away busily on a personal computer at 3am in the morning.
Schedule time for you. Work will be enhanced the more you take care of yourself. You will get more done in less time if you create harmony where there was chaos.
At work, make sure you take time out for lunch. At least get away from your desk into another environment. If the weather is good, try to find a pretty spot outside to enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air.
Try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Choose a sport or physical activity that you really enjoy.
Stretch daily to ensure your body retains its flexibility.
Have meals with your family. Don’t grab a snack on the move. Sit down to relax and enjoy food.
Eat healthy, nutritious food, allowing yourself the occasional indulgences.
Chew slowly, continuing to breathe, and make the process of preparation and eating a sensuous pleasure.
Support yourself when in need
Consider your need for good mental health. In times of crisis, seek help. Counseling, psychotherapy, support groups or time spent talking to your friends and family – find what suits you and your needs, and allow yourself the space and time to be well.
Try a complementary therapy or hands-on treatment. Massage and aromatherapy are notably useful therapies for dealing with the stresses of everyday living. Treat yourself… you’re worth it!
For specific physical problems, find the treatment that will help the problem. Whether it is osteopathy, homeopathy, conventional medicine, acupuncture, or any of the wonderful natural therapies.
Rest and sleep
Sleep is an essential ingredient in the stress-free day/lifestyle. A good eight hours, or whatever is your particular requirement of peaceful and healing sleep, will work wonders in helping to keep your stress levels at bay.
Ensure you give yourself sufficient time to wind down before bedtime.
Don’t use any stimulants, like tea, coffee or spicy foods, or anything that may keep your mind alert and therefore awake.
Don’t watch TV, especially anything that will make your mind work overtime, in the last hour before bed.
Thinking positively requires so much less energy and enhances your own well-being. Positively affirm yourself throughout the day.
Congratulate yourself when you feel you have achieved something.
Avoid panic and negative derogatory thoughts about yourself or your associates. Smiling to yourself and at others is so much more positive than frowning.
If you have fears and worries, acknowledge them to yourself and, where possible, to another. It is true that a problem shared is a problem halved.
Do not be afraid to call on those you love to help you in times of need. Better to ask for help than to try and handle the problems in isolation.
Don’t suppress your fears with stimulants and comforters like alcohol, cigarettes or food. If those fears are very pressing, then try to find a support group or therapist or natural therapy that really appeals to you.
Show love and appreciation to others and expect to receive it back. This will aid your self esteem and create harmonious relationships.