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37 Fun Activities That Will Re-Introduce You to the Power of Play

How adults benefit from play

Do you play every day?  If not, consider the powerful boost play could give your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Most notably, play can:

  • Relieve stress when endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, are released.  As an added bonus, endorphins can reduce pain too.
  • Enhance brain function when you engage in cognitively challenging games like puzzles, word games, memory games, or math games.
  • Boost your creativity and stimulate your imagination.
  • Reduce social isolation, mitigate depression, and increase connection, trust, and intimacy.
  • Improve your social skills if they happen to be rusty.
  • Inject more vitality into your relationsip, deepen your feelings of intimacy, and help you to heal resentments and wounds.
  • And finally, playful communication can lighten up a heavy situation, break through anger and help you move through an impasse

Seems like play is just what we need, doesn’t it?

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5 Simple Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

Friends, I’m exhausted.  I’m ready to slow down for awhile.The car accident in February, followed by a broken toe, our sick cat (going on two months now), and other unmentionable shocks have colluded to drain my reserves.

If you feel overwhelmed, burned out, or just too buzzy, maybe you’d like to try out a season of slow living too — at least for a little while.

You don’t have to stop completely.  You can slow down just a little, a little more, or a lot — whatever makes sense for you and your life right now.  If you do, you’ll likely find more enjoyment, more connection, and more relaxation awaiting you. Your health may even begin to improve too.

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21 Super-Easy Tiny Pleasures Guaranteed to Destroy Stress

Tiny Pleasures Dispel Stress

Everyday, you have so many tiny pleasures available to you that could serve as powerful antidotes to stress, if you’re willing to slow down and enjoy them.

Science tells us that stress can increase the desire for pleasure and lead to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and the full range of addictions.

Conversely, healthy pleasures, in small doses, can inhibit stress by reducing anxiety responses in the brain.  Tiny pleasures release feel good chemicals in the brain that can intervene in the stress response.  When you stack tiny pleasures, one upon the other, throughout the day, they can help you build resilience to stress as well.

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The Sleep-Stress Connection: How to Get the Rest You Need

Improve your sleep

Sleep and stress are intricately interconnected.

When you’re chronically stressed, your body releases chemicals that can interfere with you ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you worry, ruminate, and feel anxious in the evening, you may further trigger the stress response just when you need to calm your mind for a good night’s rest.

On the other hand, if you’re not getting sufficient sleep, your body will increase the production of stress chemicals. That’s because counter-chemicals are released in deep sleep which signal your body to turn down the production of stress hormones. So if you regularly deprive yourself of sleep, you’ll increase your stress levels.

Either way, you can get stuck in a vicious cycle. Poor sleep leads to more stress which leads to more disturbed sleep. Or, more stress leads to poor sleep which leads to more stress.

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How to Create a Stress Reduction Plan That Will Work

Create a year-long (or shorter) stress strategy with this free workbook.

Is absolutely everyone stressed out these days?

More than three-quarters of the U. S. population say they regularly experience stress-related symptoms. Not just stressful events alone, but actual symptoms like fatigue, headaches, upset stomachs, muscle tension, change in appetite, anxiety, and depression.

Stress has become so commonplace, it’s temping to ignore or minimize it, hoping it will go away.  After all, you don’t want to be the odd person out, the only one who isn’t complaining about how overwhelmed and stressed they are.

Or do you?  Think about it for a moment.

The truth is, if you’re caught in chronic stress, there’s a very good chance your stress response will get stronger due to constant repetition.  That means stress-related symptoms are likely to continue and probably worsen.  And, on the long run, all the wear and tear on your body from chronic stress may contribute to the development of a serious condition like cardio-vascular disease or lowered immunity.

Deep in your heart, I’m sure you would love to say a relaxed but resolute  “no” to stress.  But how do you make it happen?

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Did You Know: Smiling Can Reduce Stress?

Did you know? Smiling reduces stress. Here's why + monthly stress challenge.

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers that also counteract stress, and serotonin, a substance that makes you feel good.  Smiling may also increase immune function, extend your longevity, reduce your blood pressure, and increase focus and productivity.

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