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I think everyone has heard by now that envisioning your future can help you achieve your goals. So if you’re having problems sleeping at night, try using affirmations like these:

1) “I’m thankful for…”

What are you grateful for? If you are recently separated you may think that there is nothing, but you don’t have to think hard about how lucky you are. Studies show that expressing gratitude can boost your happiness level and your immune system.

2) “Let it be.”

Or maybe you can think, “Let it go.” The key is to not go to bed angry. According to Women’s Health, it’s better to wait until morning to work things out. Clear your mind at night. In the morning you may see things in a different light and/or even come up with a solution.

3) “I’m strong.”

Because you are. Are you going to let someone else dictate your life? Accept your value.

4) “How can I make it better?”

Ask that question before you go to bed and your subconscious will work on the answer.

5) “I will find calm.”

Just try it. You can’t feel two emotions at the same time, so once you start feeling calm, you will be calm.

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English: Beautiful Smile

English: Beautiful Smile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we’re running, and not loving every minute of it, we smile. It’s something we both learned when we were training for our first respective marathons. But one thing that I (Tracy) have never thought of  doing before is to use the same technique to relieve general life stress. It seems, though, that you can, at least according to a study published in the November issue of Psychological Science.

The study found a greater reduction in the heart rate of people who smiled after doing a stress-inducing activity than those who maintained a neutral expression. The “smiling” group also physiologically recovered from the stress of completing the activity quicker than the neutral-epxression group.

We read about all of this in an article on WSJ.com entitled “Stress-Busting Smiles” which highlights that study’s results and those of related studies, the implications, and unanswered questions.

Not only does the article explain why smiling makes us feel better when we’re running, but it also helps us understand why you can’t feel two emotions at the same time. Flashing a smile when you’re sad won’t just make your sad thoughts and feelings go away like a magic wand. Your facial expression has a physical impact on your body.

Dr. Sarah Pressman, the study’s co-author, says that we smile because we don’t feel threatened. The heart rate reduction and lower stress levels could be due to the fact that our brain receives a message signaling safety when we smile.

It will be really interesting to see the results of her follow-up study which will see how smiling impacts stress hormones like cortisol and oxytocin.

Until then, we’re definitely going to give smiling a try when we feel stressed. Why don’t you try it, too and let us know how it impacts you.

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We truly believe that stress is at the root of many ailments. We also believe that men and women experience stress in different ways. So when we read that new research shows divorce causes women to lose their hair, we weren’t surprised.

With all that goes on during a divorce, taking care of their health is probably the last think on people’s minds. Instead they may do other things to relieve their stress like:

Shop more – thereby increasing their stress because they have less money

Smoke more – not only damaging their health, but once again spending more money

Drink more – same as the above

Sleep more – too much of anything, even sleep, can be bad for you.

Divorce is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. But how you handle the stress makes all of the difference in the world. Take the time to:

Exercise – but not too much as doing too much can actually do more harm than good.

Eat well – make this a habit and you won’t even like things that aren’t good for you anymore.

And remember the words of Dr. Doris Day, (an attending physician in dermatology at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City):

“…in the end, I am a big proponent of the idea that it’s how you handle the stress that can make a difference. The mind-and-body connection is incredibly powerful. It helps to try and keep perspective, put the big things that happen in life, the major milestones, in their place and keep an open mind.”

Read More:

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We don’t know if stress kills more people than car accidents, but we know that it’s a killer. When it comes to stressful life events, divorce ranks in the top ten. Meaning – you have to take extra care of yourself during and after your divorce.

Exercise, take vitamins, get enough sleep. We can’t stress this enough.

Remember that time will dilute the situation you’re in now. Don’t jump out of the window. Your friends will miss you. after the storm comes sunshine and happier days.

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