Top Stress Reducers Are Dogs

Top Stress Reducers Are Dogs

Top Stress Reducers Are Dogs
Stressrelated illnesses are at ​ an all time high in​ America,​ and​ there is​ no sign it​ will lessen. ​
For the​ most part,​ doctors have identified the​ basic cause of​ this to​ be our seriousness. ​
By that they mean taking ourselves too seriously,​ thus causing so much pressure that any meaningful stress management is​ impossible. ​
When things are beyond our power to​ solve,​ we must drop the​ ball; not easy for nonquitters. ​

Unhealthy levels of​ stress show as​ mood changes,​ migraines,​ hair loss,​ worry,​ agitation,​ sleeplessness,​ weight gain and​ the​ more serious level; depression. ​
Stress contributes to​ half of​ all illnesses in​ the​ U.S. ​
and 70% of​ all visits to​ the​ doctor’s office. ​
But before you​ see your doctor to​ ask if ​ Valium is​ right for you​ let’s consider some natural options.
Laughter is​ an antidote to​ stress. ​
When we laugh,​ blood flow to​ the​ brain is​ increased and​ endorphins that hormone that gives us a​ sense of​ wellbeing are released and​ levels of​ stress drop dramatically. ​
We can begin this healing by laughing at ​ our own selves,​ our perfect imperfection that makes up all of​ us. ​

Force yourself to​ be more sociable because under stress our instincts tell us to​ withdraw and​ isolate ourselves. ​
Nothing could be worse according to​ stress experts. ​
Isolation allows us to​ concentrate on​ our problems,​ which perpetuates negative thinking instead of​ resolving it,​ we intensify it. ​
When you​ feel stressed to​ the​ max,​ call a​ friend or​ put yourself among children; they have a​ way of​ making anyone forget their worries. ​
Volunteer work is​ a​ good stressbuster. ​

Indecisiveness can intensify stress,​ so we must learn to​ be more assertive. ​
Some may associate assertiveness with hostility or​ aggression,​ but we simply mean expressing your feelings,​ letting others know your opinions and​ acting on​ your own behalf. ​
Some things we can practice are speaking up when you​ feel it’s warranted… initiate conversations… make an effort to​ seek out and​ form new friendships. ​
Don’t be afraid to​ disagree. ​
Give out and​ accept compliments. ​
Ask for information. ​

When trying to​ break the​ sleeplessness cycle,​ avoid alcohol,​ caffeine and​ tobacco all of​ which have negative effects on​ sleep. ​
Do something calming before bed; a​ warm bath,​ soft music,​ scented candles. ​
Talk positively to​ yourself and​ pat yourself on​ the​ back now and​ then for a​ job welldone. ​
Then give yourself a​ reward because when you​ do that you​ will realize a​ boost in​ your immune system that can last for several days. ​
This can be a​ pair of​ shoes or​ as​ simple as​ a​ dish of​ ice cream or​ both!
Slowing down nearly everything in​ your life is​ another stress reliever. ​
Holistic studies have taught me to​ stop running for the​ phone when it​ rings why did I ​ always do that? I ​ now concentrate on​ driving slower,​ pausing after I ​ park the​ car in​ the​ garage just to​ relax as​ I ​ ease into another transition. ​
I ​ don’t hurry my meals,​ but chew more slowly and​ with all of​ this you​ can feel the​ stress ebb away. ​

Also,​ write down those nagging problems. ​
Make two columns on​ the​ paper one Worries I ​ can do something about and​ the​ other Worries I ​ can’t do anything about. ​
Reading these from your notes offers another dimension and​ you​ can begin to​ accept the​ ones you​ can’t change,​ and​ go about finding solutions for those you​ can.
One doctor’s research of​ 480 people under stressful conditions found that,​ … the​ top stress reducers are dogs. ​
People who were facing unbearable situations had the​ lowest heart rates and​ blood pressure if ​ they were with their dogs even lower than those who were with the​ spouses. ​
Possible reason Dogs are perceived as​ completely nonjudgmental.
2018 Esther Smith

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