Stressed? Learn effective tools to help.
You are not alone. A 2005, statistic Canada survey found ?85% of Canadians who reported feeling stressed. More women?reported feeling stressed in Waterloo region.
Similarly, a new study says women in Waterloo Region are stressed out. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives conducted a study that revealed the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada, and KW ranked 16 out of 20. The study also revealed that women here have a difficult time finding a full time job. The study names Quebec City as the best city to live in if you are a woman.
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR STRESS:
There are several tools and techniques to help reduce your stress levels like quieting the mind, stretching, a pleasant sounding alarm and writing.
QUIETING THE MIND & BECOME PRESENT
Give yourself permission to “quiet your mind”. Breath in deepening, filling up your lungs filling your mind with fresh healing oxygen. On your exhale (breath out), give yourself permission to let go of all the?business in your mind. Take a mine vacation from?all the thousand of thoughts. Be present now, with no criticism or judgement.
Have you ever noticed that pets love to stretch?especially in the morning? There?s a good reason for it. Studies show that stretching first thing when you wake up flushes away some of the stress hormones that naturally surge in the morning.
Not only that, but regular stretching helps prevent age-related ailments like osteoporosis, arthritis and depression.
RETHINK YOUR MORNING ALARM
A deafening alarm increases your stress levels – which are already high in the morning. So you wake up with a pounding heart! And that morning jolt of stress hormones can lead us to eat a high-carb breakfast just to try and calm down. Instead, use an alarm that plays music, or one that wakes you with light. You’ll start your day in a much better mood.
An easy way to reduce stress is to spend a few minutes writing about your feelings. This has been shown to improve mood and lower stress.
Are you having troubles sleeping? Try yoga.??Researchers recommended clinicians should consider prescribing yoga to people reporting impaired sleep and fatigue. *Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology. Vol 28, No 15, 2010:9013