Finding Your Inner Peace

4 Apr

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Considering Las Vegas is the most stressful city in America (Rankings Blog), it is time to tackle this annoying beast and find ways to handle it and maybe cure it. Stress is a reaction your brain creates to protect your body. Stress can be good in emergency situations because it forces you to focus and react quicker, but can be very damaging when experienced for long periods of time. Long-term stress can cause depression, obesity, fatigue, skin problems, and anxiety.

I get stressed out all the time. I blame it on myself considering I love to overload myself with plans and work. Physical activity is the best way for me to handle stress. My number one choice is sex, but that’s not always available so exercising would be second. I have to incorporate something that isn’t mentally challenging either. The best combination for me is hot pilates. I’ve done hot yoga, but I didn’t feel like I was getting a workout. I take the classes at Vegas Hot! on Rainbow and Russell. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t always allow me to get my fitness in.

When stress levels are high, sometimes you just have to stop what you are doing and breathe. It is the main idea behind yoga and meditation because it helps with your inner balance. Simply breathe in deeply for seven counts and exhale for eight counts. Repeat until you feel calm and your mind is clear.

An alternative option in relieving stress from the mental standpoint is EFT (emotional freedom technique). A trained EFT therapist taps on acupuncture points while the patient focuses on the traumatic event that is causing stress. The technique isn’t 100 percent proven to work, but some patients have claimed its success.
Sometimes to cure a problem, you have to find out the source of the problem. If you are experiencing a lot of stress, find out where it is coming from. Prioritize your schedule and write things down. Create lists on what needs to be done, what isn’t that important, and the best way to accomplish each goal. De-clutter your life and organize it. Take a vacation, if allowed, or take a break for a day and get a massage. Find a hobby like baking, painting, walking, or whatever helps you take your mind off stress. Other suggestions are: 

  • Watch a funny or sad movie. Releasing emotions is key in relieving stress. 
  • Take a hot bubble bath.
  • Have a cup of chamomile tea.
  • Listen to music and dance.
  • Learn to say “no” so you don’t end up taking on too much.
  • Go into a private area and scream as loud as you can.
  • Stop and smell the roses.
  • Sleep, sometimes sleep is the only thing you really need.
  • Put on your favorite “comfy” outfit.
  • Avoid negative people. 

Try not to drink or smoke because sometimes these techniques will elevate your stress levels. No matter what, try not to forget to place yourself in the “now.” Many things can’t be accomplished at that moment so live in the present and remember tomorrow is another day.

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