Stress can kill you. Let me say that again; stress can KILL you! Are you feeling a little worried now? Perhaps a little…stressed? In today’s high-tech world it can be difficult to get away from work, the news media, and folks who are your “friends” on social media (that you’re not even entirely sure who they are, or how you came to be “friends” in the first place). Laptops, smartphones, and even our watches, now keep us connected to everyone and everything, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year! This makes it more important than ever to have an effective and reliable strategy to alleviate stress in your daily life. Here are three ideas to get you started:
GO FOR A WALK. Autumn is the perfect time of year to take up walking. Whether you choose to start your day with a brisk walk at daybreak, or you prefer to incorporate a leisurely stroll into your evening, the more moderate temperatures can combine with the reds, yellows and browns of the turning trees to make for a truly refreshing experience for your body and mind, your heart and your soul!
WATCH FOOTBALL. Whether you’re enjoying your kids’ European football game or watching your favorite college team (Go Big Red!) play “real” football, allowing yourself a couple of hours to forget about your responsibilities can certainly be a good thing. Just don’t start screaming at the TV every time we fumble the ball and the other team takes advantage of the turnover. That would defeat the purpose of this as a stress reducing mechanism!
EXERCISE. Even 20-30 minutes of daily exercise can increase endorphins, help promote better sleeping patterns, and boost your energy level, mood and self-confidence! Employers are even realizing the benefits that daily exercise can bring to their employees, and how that can improve their company’s bottom line. Whether you workout at work, the gym, or your home (we can help you with all three), you’ll be healthier, happier…and less stressed!
Yours in health,
Robert M. Kennedy
President & CEO