Stress can cause both emotional and physical symptoms that have a negative impact on our wellness.
Tips For Dealing With Stress
- During times of high stress, eliminate high levels of caffeine in colas, coffee, and chocolate
- Always eat enough to stay healthy– be careful not to overeat or undereat
- Create a relaxation routine and perform it daily– make it a habit
- Adjust your thought processes by living in the present, be forgiving to yourself and others, keeping expectations reasonable, and trying to worry only about the things you can change
Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night has a profound affect on your health and wellness as well as your response to stress.
To Improve Your Sleep
- Don’t eat a heavy meal after 7 pm
- Don’t exercise right before bed time
- Don’t sleep in front of the TV before bedtime
- Make your bedtime routine relaxing
Deep Breathing for Relaxation
The goals of a relaxation technique are to release tension and stress in various parts of the body, reduce irritability, nervousness arid anxiety, and to improve concentration. To begin, sit in a comfortable chair. Place your hands gently over your stomach. Concentrate on expanding your belly as you inhale through your nose. Inhale for a count of 4. Pause for a count of 4. Then, slowly exhale through pursed lips for a count of 8. Your hands should move inward with the belly as you exhale. Repeat this cycle 10 times. You can do this routine at bedtime or any time you are feeling stressed to promote relaxation.
About the Author
Linda Bratcher, MPT has been with the Cantrell Center for over 12 years! In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, travelling, and taking her dog on therapy-dog visits. Her wonderful husband, Mike, is an engineer at RAFB and part time “collectibles” dealer. Their son, Drew, (26) is a computer software engineer (programmer) at Amazon, in San Francisco, and works on the Amazon Prime music app. Their daughter, Annie (25) is an epidemiologist that works for Emory University in Atlanta. Linda, speaking on the topic of her career at the Cantrell Center, talks about how much joy she gets in improving our clients’ quality of life and helping them get back to doing the things they love to do.