Stress Relief Tips That Work
Stressed? With our busy lifestyles it is no wonder that so many of us are on the hunt for stress relief tips. Stress is something that is almost impossible to avoid completely due to the way that we are wired as well as our day-to-day lifestyles but, with that said stress can be easily dealt with and minimized. Here are some Stress Relief Tips for simply living well.
Remember: The worst thing you can do is nothing. Don’t delay. Start on these recommendations right away. Do something today!
Stress Relief Tip #1: Exercise
Exercise seems to always creep into articles like this: But that is because it is so totally foundational. Exercise has the ability to relax both your mind and your body. In addition to so many benefits, one of the big advantages is that exercise provides stress release. Exercise does not have to be a chore. It can easily be incorporated into your daily activities. It may be difficult to begin an exercise program but almost anyone who does it will say that it becomes easier after you get started. Of course talk to your physician before beginning an exercise program. Clear your mind, increase your health and relieve your stress with exercise. A perfect form of exercise for almost anyone in almost any health condition is yoga.
Stress Relief Tip #2: Nutrition
Another foundation to stress relief is wellbeing. A healthy diet with the proper nutrition keeps you at your optimal physically, mentally and emotionally. Frozen TV dinners or Big Macs are not good choices. Consuming unprocessed food is key. Eating organic whenever possible enables you to avoid unnecessary excess toxins in your diet. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, raw if possible, and fruit too. Nutritional eating habits and eating small meals helps to keep your blood sugar stabilized. Many people reach for something high in sugar content when feeling stressed which compounds the problem.
Creamy Strawberry Crepes
1. 3 eggs
2. 1/2 cup milk
3. 1/2 cup water
4. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
5. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
7. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
8. 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
9. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
10. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
11. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
12. 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
13. 4 cups sliced strawberries
Why on earth would I want to pose nude for a group of photographers?
I'm not a psychologist or an authority on body image. I'm a 50-year-old woman who has suffered with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder since I was 7 years old.
I've tried therapy and support groups over the past 15 years. Although they have helped tremendously and brought awareness about this disease, I seem to slip back into self-body-hatred periodically. Sometimes it lasts for a few days, sometimes a few months. The time period doesn't matter. What does matter is, even at my age I still struggle with my body. How many women do the same thing? Does it ever end?
For a lot of us, the disease begins in early childhood. For some, it happens in pre-pubescence when our young bodies are in a metamorphose stage from child to adult. The psychological damage done to girls is appalling, both as the result of media hype and the unrealistic expectations that society places on women, and through untreated childhood abuse - verbal, physical, emotional and sexual, to which I am no stranger on all counts.
I remember 7 as being a good year. It was 1972 and all seemed well in my world - safe in the little New England town where I grew up. I wasn't aware of the war that was being fought or the state of the economy. I was just a kid learning to ride a bike without training wheels.
Days were filled with everything from catching frogs in the creek, making mud-pies and picking wildflowers, to playing the piano, painting with watercolors and tea parties. I was a tomboy who liked to play dress-up - gypsy style was my favorite.
Climbing trees was my specialty. Scaling the sides of huge boulders was a cinch. I was fearless and curious. Living in a house in the middle of the woods made it easy. There was a whole imaginative world waiting for me right outside the back door.
The bridge-like fort that was built across the creek was the pirate ship that my brothers and I played on. In winter, snow storms didn't stop us - we built igloos and became Eskimos. Fall led way to huge piles of leaves, which we flew into from the swing-set in the backyard, making us circus performers.
I started journaling when I was 7, capturing the fantasies of faeries and elves who lived in the hollow trees; mysteries of summer nights with glowing eyes in the high branches and sparkling fireflies; the full moon snow storms - falling pixy dust; and the magical changing of the colors of the leaves in fall, painted by little forest creatures.
It was the year my love for creating began. My imagination was turned on and the stories began to flow. I was happy most of the time. Seven was a good age to be.
~ Zushka Biros
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