Back to (stress-busting!) Basics.

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Stress Busting Essentials:

Sleep soundly. You can cope better with stress when you’re rested.

Talk about what’s bothering you. Your family, friends, co-workers or a counselor can help just by listening. (Be mindful of how often you are talking about the problem – also – taking a break from talking about something can be just as stress-relieving sometimes!)

Relax at least once a day. Try to reserve at least 15-20 minutes to put your feet up, listen to music or daydream.

Exercise regularly. It helps release the physical tension caused by stress.

Snicker, giggle, laugh out loud. You’ll feel better and improve your perspective.

Set limits on extra demands. Learn to say “no” to the nonessential.

Keep Your Energy Up

Eat Right: Foods that contain magnesium, zinc, iron, B vitamins, and the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamins A and E boost energy. For quick lifts: Eat smaller meals, and snack on fast-fuel carbs such as raisins, low-fat granola or fig bars or a banana. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily to help fight thirst and dehydration, which can also make you feel tired.

Sleep Tight: Wake up and go to bed at the same times each day to help your biological clock run smoothly. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep daily. Resist caffeine and alcohol at least three hours before bedtime as they can disturb sleep patterns.

Stay Active: Exercise strengthens your heart, lungs and muscles to help you do more physically.  But it also increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, boosting alertness so you can perform mental tasks faster and better.

Have Fun! Numerous studies suggest friendships boost your health and happiness. People with close relationships live longer and handle personal setbacks better. You can also try a new hobby. Hobbies replace bad stress with good stress, the kind that makes you strive to succeed by learning a new skill or reaching a goal.

Healthy habits such as diet, exercise and good sleep keep your body functioning at optimal levels. The rest is usually a case of mind over matter.

Some medications can make you feel lethargic or unfocused. Discuss your medications with a health care provider or pharmacist to identify any that could be causing you problems. Don’t forget to mention any herbs, vitamins or other supplements you take. 

Make the most of your commute: Play soothing music. Take a deep breath, exhale slowly. Listen to an audio book you have been wanting to read, but have not had time for. Don’t take any calls. Please, don’t text!

Change your mindset: Stress is your body’s response to a situation. Good stress is the type that moves you to energize and excel. Bad stress is the type that keeps you from relaxing and sleeping, and it can eventually contribute to illness. You can’t eliminate stress; the trick is to put a positive spin on it. Write down the good things that happened today, avoid pessimistic people, look forward to a new challenge. Smile 🙂

Maximize time off: Weekends, nights, holidays and vacation are for you. Commit to relaxing, recharging and focusing on what really counts toward a long, healthy and happy life.

Get to the core of chronic fatigue: If you experience tiredness that doesn’t respond to lifestyle changes or that lasts for more than a couple of weeks, see your health care provider. Your exhaustion could be a sign of a medical condition that needs treatment.

All these tips are not a substitution for professional care or counseling.


No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.

And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted  beyond what you can bear. 

But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 ~


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Timely reminders and tips for us all.

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