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.Continue Reading
Wouldn’t it be better to prevent unnecessary stress rather than scramble to manage excessive stress once it’s out of control and wracking havoc on your body, brain, and emotions?
It’s not possible to remove stress completely, and you wouldn’t want to. Stress is a natural response to potentially dangerous events. And positive stress, known as “eustress,” keeps you moving through challenges towards your goals.
With a little thought and determination, however, you can subtract many of the sources of stress from you life. Once you do, ease and joy will become the norm rather than a constant sense of frazzle.
It takes time to eliminate stress. I’ve been eliminating stressors for a while now and there’s more to go. Some causes of stress are deeply rooted in the psyche, so naturally it will take longer to remove them. Nevertheless, I think you’ll agree, eliminating the causes of stress is one of the best ways you can contribute to your own health and well-being.Continue Reading
When you start your day with a calm morning routine, ease will naturally punctuate the rest of your day.
In fact, research shows that an early morning increase in stress can continue all the way into the afternoon. Best to avoid that, don’t you think?
Here’s a peek into my morning routine. I hope it will inspire you to start your day off with ease too.Continue Reading
It’s easy to let stress get out of control, isn’t it? Our culture rewards busyness, having too much on your plate, and constant presence – on or offline.
In the last few months alone, several friends have confessed to exhaustion. Early warning signs appeared, but were brushed aside in order to do more. The questioning inner voice was hushed up in order to keep going.
Does that sound familiar?
This can happen to almost anyone because it’s challenging to say no to all the external demands. And your own inner pusher may want you to stay the course no matter what.
But once you reach the level of fatigue, you often need supreme self-care and a considerable chunk of downtime in order to recover. It could take months. And, if stress has tipped you over into a serious health condition, it could take years.
So why not aim for a balanced life, right now?