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Stress Management

Let’s be frank, times are stressful!  We have to worry about staying safe from rising COVID-19 cases, digital learning if you have school age children, working effectively from home, and worrying about finances if you lost your job, due to the pandemic.  Stress is inevitable, but how you respond to that stress is key.  Let’s talk about 3 different ways to keep you healthy when stressful situations arise.

First, what is stress?  Stress is our physical and psychological response to life’s demands.  In some cases, a small amount of stress can be a motivator to accomplish goals and to get things done. However, too much stress can cause depression, anger outbursts, and other unpleasant emotions.  Stress can also cause physical manifestations that have a negative affect on our health, like heart attacks, strokes, and decreased immune systems making us more susceptible to infections. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-basics/hlv-20049495

There are many different ways to cope with stress. Today, we will highlight 3 methods.  

1. Exercise is a great way to keep you healthy mentally and physically.  Be it walking around the neighborhood, running on a treadmill, or yoga stretches, these are great ways to release endorphins, a type of hormone, which causes a positive feeling in the mind and body.https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1  

2. Being one with nature, is another way to cope with stress. Changing our focus from what we’re going through to the beautiful nature around us, gives us clarity and peace to face any circumstance. Examples of being one with nature could be as simple as doing yard work, listening to the rain drops, and gardening.

3. Meditation and spiritual stillness are ways to calm your mind by focusing on the positive in everything around us, even in current “negative” situations.