Tick Toc, Tick Toc time’s wasting. Hurry up
don’t have the time
are the slogans of the day. No
matter how hard we try we cannot escape the ticking of the clock of
life. Harried and stressed are two descriptor words for just
about anyone with a pulse in 2013.
The physiological reaction to stress is known as our flight or
fight response and is hardwired into all of us to protect us.
While we aren’t running from dinosaurs, hiding from caveman
and club, or pioneering the wild west we are facing more
stress than ever in this concrete jungle in which we live our
It’s all we can do not to have panic attacks when we open our
checkbooks, try to build our mailing lists, keep up with changing
trends in technology, figure out the how-to’s of business
building, or RUN OUR BUSINESSES in
general. Suffice to say the stress factor in all aspects of
life has never been more prevalent. These are the types of
stress that impact our bodies every single day.
When you perceive a threat (which equals stress)— such as an
unexpected stranger bumping into you when you turn the corner
a part of your brain sets off an alarm system in your body.
Your system prompts your adrenal glands, to release a surge of
hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. With your
adrenaline up it increases your heart rate, elevates your blood
pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress
hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances
your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of
substances that repair tissues. www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/SR00001
When we worry about deadlines, money, job security,
relationships, etc. this also triggers the same effect to our
bodies. Living with constant stress can manifest in the body in
many ways some of which may include: [tweet this]
- hair loss
- heart disease
- obsessive-compulsive or anxiety disorder
- sexual dysfunction
Whew, sounds ominous huh? Well, luckily I am now going to
tell you a secret. You have all it takes to deal with
stress and it doesn’t come in a pill, you can’t buy it on an
infomercial, it’s not sold anywhere, and it’s free. Just as
Dorothy realized the only place the answer ever was for her was
within her you too will soon begin to realize, if you chose to,
that your answers for a stress-less life are in YOU.
Here are a few ideas to begin to live a stress-LESS life TODAY.
Embrace the outdoors
Nature is therapeutic. It connects us to the simple gifts that we
all too often overlook, as well as to Spirit. If you are feeling
stressed and frustrated, imagine taking a walk through
the woods. Envision a flowing brook. Capture the smell of
wildflowers and honeysuckle in your mind. [tweet this]
Feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Use all of your senses
in your visions. Consider creating the simplest of gardens. The
experience can release the stress accumulated in your head, neck
and shoulders after a long day.
LOL (Laugh out loud)
Are you too busy to laugh and too serious to smile? Laughing
releases a mountain of tension. It’s a quick way to feel
happy. When you let go and laugh, it’s infectious. Everyone
around you feels it. A good belly laugh makes your belly muscles
contract. It causes a chain reaction that works out the
shoulders, and leaves muscles more relaxed afterward. It even
provides a good workout for the heart.
Start a practice of sitting with your Higher Power and asking for
a quiet mind. Start your day off with a ritual of
reflection and praise. At the office, shut your door for 10
minutes, close your eyes and simply be still. [tweet this]
It will be hard at first, but after a few days, you will find
yourself feeling calmer and happier than you have felt in a long
time. Take time to recharge during your day!
Appreciate all the simple things in your life: the sunshine, the
sky, the shoes on your feet and the heart beating in your
chest. Being grateful creates an energy that flows through
your body and shines through your eyes. It’s what makes happy
happen. Create a gratitude calendar that is full of simple
reason you’re grateful.
Create a simplicity statement [tweet
Write down your own personal declaration of what a simple life
means to you. For you it may mean spending quality time with
people you love, and doing the things you love. It could mean
getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only what really
matters to you.