Stress Management

 

  • Break the Drill: Do you live a life of routine, drills and chores? Do you come home from work exhausted, then eat, watch TV and pass out on the couch? Well, break that routine. Check your energy level. Do you feel inactive, lethargic, sluggish, lazy? If you do, read on…

 

  • Imagine. Just image this: Energetic, spirited, full of vigor, fresh. I mean really visualize yourself. This visualization will focus your mind to gear you to the right habits.

 

  • Be flexible. Flexibility is a virtue that will let you see outside the box. Maybe one diet plan didn’t work: “Oh well, I will try another one”.

 

  • Develop a passion and compassion

 

    • Have a hobby that is fun and perhaps helps you build a skill. How about gardening, playing the cello, join the choir, woodworking, cooking lessons, join a community sports team and so on…
    • Develop compassion- for others but also for yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself
    • Count your blessings: Count the goodness in your life- your health, your family’s, job etc.

 

  • Are you satisfied in your job/career? Do you work inside a 4-walled office or cubicle, in front of a computer, doing the same chore? Are you not satisfied? Don’t feel bad about not wanting to have a less than fulfilling job. It is Ok to dream and imagine.

 

    • If you can’t have fun at work, have it after work. Develop the After-working-hour-fun club. Ok, many of you have little choice in your job situations especially in today’s economy. How about after work and weekends? Do you make the effort and time to break the routine, even once a week? Go fishing, swimming, horseback riding, paining, read a nice book in your porch. Best if you do these with your loved ones. These fun times will lessen the burden of a boring job.
    • If you are really miserable in your job, work on a change or place or career.

 

  • Have awareness of your presence: be aware of your now power and not the past or future. When you focus on your present moment, your mind will ease, your breathing and heart rate slows down and your stress will go down. Less stress- less food craving.

 

  • Eat healthy

 

    • Eat unprocessed food. Stay away from food that have added sugars and corn syrup. They will make you fat and get you addicted.
    • Eat food that is close to the earth: veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes. If you eat meat, go for lean and make the effort to stay away from those with added hormones and antibiotics.
    • Get rid of one bad food item a month. Get them out of your kitchen, house and car. Don’t buy those nasty, sugary drinks.
    • If you are overweight and wand to lose weight, shift your thinking from the idea of losing weight to gaining a healthy mind and body
    • Substitute: instead of giving in for a craving for a junk food, distract yourself with a brisk walk, do some jumping jacks, chew gum or veggies/fruits, or call a friend and tell them about your craving.
    • Explore issues related to food addiction. Do you eat for comfort? Are you depressed, anxious, stressed?
    • If you really like that cheesecake or ice cream, commit yourself to have that dessert one day a week (or once a month if it is really sinful), and that is it. Don’t forget the 5 flights of stairs afterwards

 

 

  • Exercise. Just move. Don’t be sedentary. Daily brisk walks for 45 minutes are excellent. Yoga is great for flexibility. Dance classes are fun and great for coordination. Weight training keeps you toned. You still need the 20-30 minutes/at least 3 times a week of aerobic exercise. If you suffer from leg pains, try the stationary bike, take up swimming or use your arms and mid body for workout. You can do different movements on the floor of your living room- while you watch your favorite show.

 

  • Cleanse your body. Get rid of toxins that you have been building up over the years. You can do that by stop eating junk food and introduce powerful vacuum cleaner food such as fruits and vegetables. You will feel so much better.