April is Stress Awareness Month!
De-Stress at Your Desk
- Deep Breathing - Consciously slow your breathing. Focus on slowly taking deep, regular breaths that get progressively longer and fuller. Visualize each breath filling your body with positive energy.
- Progressive Relaxation - Tighten, then release each muscle group as you work from your toes to your facial muscles. Tightening the muscle allows the blood to rush in when the muscle is in its relaxed state.
- Visualization - Relax and take a mental trip to your happy place. Get a clear picture in your mind of a place that brings you peace and try to remember the smells, sounds and feelings as you visit.
- Positive Affirmations - These are statements that reprogram negative thinking patterns. Repeat a positive statement to counteract a negative thought whenever it occurs. If you are worried about the amount of work you have to tackle, a positive affirmation is "I can handle anything that comes my way!"
Source: http://www.foh.psc.gov/eapnews/consortium/destress.html (Federal Occupational Health)
Dr. Nils’ next stop on The 10 Step Journey to Optimal Health will be visiting Cholesterol and Heart Disease. If you are just joining us, please visit his previous monthly installments starting with his first post “Journey to Optimal Health” (introduction) in Nutrition – Sept|Oct and continuing with “The Island of Fire” (Inflammation) in Nutrition – Nov|Dec and “The Plant Doctor” in General – Health Jan|Feb.