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How to de-stress
How to de-Stess
Have you been stressed out? Everyone has at one time or another. But what do you do to take the stress out of your life?
First, let me talk about how to know that you are stressed, and how it affects your health. Over the years, I've had a lot of stress. One way I learned to know when I'm stressed is my pulse rate. For several years, my pulse rate has been between 90-100. When I went to the doctor the other day, the nurse checked my pulse, and it was 68. I had been told over the years that when your pulse is in the range that mine has been, it is a sign of stress. So that means that I'm no longer stressed out. (Whoo-Hoo!)
Another way to recognize stress is your sleep pattern. If you're like me, you want to sleep more. Other people have difficulty going to sleep. It also affects your health in other ways, such as blood pressure, etc.
So what to do? Exercising is one way. Unfortunately, I don't like to exercise. But that's another story. I have worked out in the yard in the past, and that helped. Reading, writing, coloring, walking, are some other ways.
One thing I have heard is to make it fun. I have been at work, got angry or stressed, and just the sheer physical repetitive action in checking out customers has helped tremendously. I get involved and focused on what I'm doing and forget about what just happened to make me stress. Also, playing on the computer, or playing board games are some fun ways to let go of stress.
I mentioned in a previous article that I bought a push reel mower. I'm looking forward to cutting the grass due to the fact that I'll get some exercise, which will also help me to lose some weight. It'll help with any stress, as well as saving money.
One reason people are obese is that they eat when they're stressed out. Believe me, I'm good at that. And when you become obese or simply overweight, then you experience another host of health issues. As you can see, the risks are numerous.
Another thing that I do can be known as mind-over-matter. I have learned to stop stressing over the little things. So many people get upset just because they dropped something on the floor. Dropping something one time isn't a big issue. But I have to agree that dropping an object several times within 5 minutes can be aggravating. But still, you have to determine that there is no reason to stress out over dropping the object. Now an automobile accident is a real reason to become stressed. Or an operation.
I'm sure you can think of some other ways to de-stress. Please feel free to write your opinions and other suggestions of ways to de-stress. It'll be interesting to learn how people relax.