Have you noticed that the most popular conversation has become how we’re stressed-out? Many succumb to the notion that it is next to impossible to avoid stress. Current studies say that 90 percent of disease is stress-related. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has determined that managing stress improves health.
SO WHAT DO WE DO? Good question. How can I fit anymore into my already over-scheduled day? Reality: “HOW CAN I AFFORD NOT TO?”
It’s important to remember that our human body is a living pulsing energy field that is continually expanding and contracting. We are energy. Our thoughts and feelings are always a match and our body and spirit essence are components that are intimately connected to how we think and feel. BALANCE is what we must strive for, with the daily practice of simple methods that will invoke the ‘’relaxation response.” In doing so we boost our immune system! Without this, every time we feel not-happy: worried, anxious, depressed, fearful -- we are compromising our immune system > knocking down our adrenal glands and creating DIS-EASE on some level of our well-being. AKA: fight or flight~
My favorite methods for reducing stress and invoking the relaxation response include:
• BREATHING: Go to the Dollar Store and buy ½ dozen pinwheels, small or regular size, have one handy EVERYWHERE: car, bedside, desk, locker, garage, kitchen, laundry room - fully breathe in-and-out to see it spin. Full Belly Breathing (YEP with big and distended gut) induces the relaxation response and boosts your immune system!
• BREATHE: Every time sitting at your desk, car, meeting or class keep one hand placed on your low belly; NOTICE when you are not breathing > BREATHE FULL & BIG & SLOW.
• MEDITATE: Every MORNING. This sets the tone for your day. You will be clearer, focused and accomplish with optimal results! There are many techniques, books, CDs. Google: free guided meditation
• GRATITUDE Every EVENING. At bedtime write down five things that you are grateful for during your day. Dig deep for the littlest & simplest things, as it will bring you into-the-moment and pave your path for a restful nights’ sleep.
Jill Wrubel www.revjill-ordainedhealingartspractioner.com Visit my website for monthly class offerings on “Stress-Busting” and “Spirit Sharing & Sunshine at the Shore”