Stress is extremely bad for body and mind. It raises our blood pressure, puts extra strain on our heart and produces cortisol which deposits fat in the belly. It weakens our immune system and has even been linked to some cancers. Below are some things that help relieve the stress in all of our lives.
- Acknowledge your stress and recognize your stress triggers. Own it. Only when you take responsibility for something can you change it. Then you can begin to catch your reactions and change them into planned actions such as breathing deeply or listening to soothing music.
- Gratitude. Think of all the things you are thankful for. There are people in many parts of the world who are dying because of a lack of clean water. Begin there and make your list. Think of what you have, not of what you don’t have. Skip the jealousy and complaints. They only leads to unhappiness. Grateful people live longer and are happier.
- Eat fruits and vegetables with rainbow colors. They contain adaptogens, nutrients and micronutrients. Adaptogens help us adapt to the environmental factors that cause stress and they reduce the damage that stress and aging causes.
- Get into the sun or get a full spectrum sun light. Be careful not to overdo.
- Take brain breaks by meditating. The word meditate is in Psalms sixteen times. Joshua meditated on the Book of the Law so he would be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 Philippians 4:8 tells us “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”