By: Natalie Garvey
Often people first seek outside help when they are looking to relieve some kind of distress that is going on in their daily lives. Many of them come seeking services for stress relief. In today’s world, we live in a “stressful” environment where we are constantly bombarded by streams of information simultaneously impacting our awareness (TV, radio, wi-fi, visual advertising, conversations, deadlines, etc.), which creates an inherent stress for our bodies and minds not to mention the added stressors of finances, health, problems with a loved one, and so many more.
As we search for relief to cope with the daily demands of life, there are two options: One is to numb out and avoid with distractions like, food, shopping, technology, etc. The other is to become aware of the stressors and choose actions that nurture self-care.
Here are some simple remedies for relief:
- Take time to move your body
- Make an appointment with yourself to sit quietly and go within – meditation
- Smile at a stranger and look them in the eyes
- Help a fellow human in need
- Listen to something that you find uplifting or soothing while you drive
A person’s stress level is determined by their perception, not the event or action itself. Stress is a given in our daily lives and as such demands to be noticed. Some of the examples listed above only require 1-5 minutes a day, so there is no excuse for not having enough time. If you are physically or emotionally experiencing symptoms of stress, today is the perfect opportunity to try something new and start feeling better!