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Be Aware of Your Stress and Take Some Time For Yourself!

The summer is almost over and the first day of school is creeping up.  If you’re anything like me, you still have a long “to-do” list that you thought would already be done!  In today’s society, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of every day life; I want to remind you how important it is to take time out for yourself.  Its easy to get stressed over the never-going-to-end list that seems to continue with you through life, but then you add the balancing act that you have between work and home, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the bills, the cooking, etc, etc. Need I say more?

How much stress is too much?  With so much to do, it’s easy to put your health and well-being on the back burner.  That’s why it’s so important to dedicate some special time to yourself, because if you keep waiting for that “extra time” it may never come. It’s important to become aware of the stresses in your life. 

The dangerous thing about stress is that your body becomes used to it. It starts to feel “normal." Once it feels “normal,” it’s really hard to notice the affects it’s taking on your body.  Stress can affect your mind, body and behavior.  It can damage your health and relationships, cause irritability and mood swings, deplete your energy and level of productivity, and lessen your quality of life.  Long term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems.  It can raise your blood pressure, increase your risk for heart attack or stroke, increase your number of headaches, suppress your immune system, upset your stomach, contribute to infertility, and even increase your aging process. 

Stress becomes even more harmful when people try to use alcohol, tobacco or drugs to suppress it.  Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. Finding natural, healthy ways to manage your stress is crucial. I recommend finding something that you like to do that doesn’t feel like work: Find something that fits into your schedule and budget. If you can’t sit still at home because you can see everything that needs to be done, then you should go somewhere that eases your mind.  Take a walk in the park, read a book in the grass, meditate, get a massage or energy work session, or take a hot bath with some Epsom salts and lavender oil.  What ever you choose, the important thing is to just take the time and do it.  With demands so high on our bodies, everyone deserves some “me” time. Pay attention to the results of your relaxation and it will be proof enough as to why you should do it!  


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