If The Week Wore You Out: Take in These Tips to Tackle Stress

Sandy's Stress Busting Secrets

April 12, 2019
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If the week has you worn out and you're looking for some new tactics to relieve the stress, stop scrolling for just a moment and take a look at this week’s edition of “Sandy’s Stress Busting Secrets”

Natural Medicine

 Literally! According to a new study out of University of Michigan, taking a “nature pill” can lower stress by significant amounts. What’s a nature pill?  It's just heading outside to spend some time in a place that feels like nature. You can sit or you can walk, but you can’t exercise or use your phone. The stress level drop can be immediate, but the optimum is 20 – 30 minutes.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

I’ve always thought it’s good to talk to yourself (probably best whenyou’re by yourself!) and apparently it can help get rid of anxiety and stress. This is especially true if you’re freaking out over a particular situation. Imagine if your friend came to you with the same problem. You’d probably say, "hey – you can do this, you’ve been through this before, etc." and then tell the why…well, give that talk to yourself.

Take the time to do what you love 

Allow time in your schedule to participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy.  If your calendar is crammed, it may seem like you don’t have time, but it will save you stress, anxiety and probably efficiency in the long run. Playing golf, doing crafts, taking a class, gardening, walking, whatever makes you smile IS worth the time. The stress relief will not only help you, but you’ll be a lot better to be around...and you’ll probably be more productive in the long run

Thank you notes are not just for gifts

Writing thank you notes is good manners, and as it turns out, it can also help with the stress you may be struggling with. It doesn’t even have to be a traditional thank you note, and it doesn’t have to be for a gift someone gave you. Write a note, email, text or even post on someone’s Facebook wall so say thank you to someone who’s helped you, supported you or just been a great friend. One study showed people who did this actually trained themselves to be more grateful

Stay connected to others 

Feelings of loneliness can produce stress. If you are away from family and friends for a while, live alone and aren’t around others for long periods of time for any other reason. …make it a point to connect when you can.  Even talking to those in line at the store or other quick conversations can be helpful. Also, do your best to seek out others by attending events, taking a class or anything that will be you in the mix. If this doesn't apply to you, but you have a friend or relative that is alone, you may want to be the person to connect with them and take them places.

Happy Relaxing! Listen for Sandy's Stress Busting Tips every weekday at around 9:10 on The Breeze After Hours!