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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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Stress Tip: Enjoy Time In Nature for More Ease

Would you like to reclaim your calm, your cognitive clarity, and your productivity. Discover the stress-relieving benefits of nature.

According to countless research studies, spending time in nature can improve mental performance, better your health, extend your life, and reduce cortisol, that pesky stress hormone.

In the 1980’s, the Japanese instituted a preventative health technique called “forest bathing” or “shinrin-yoku.” Forest bathing involves walking calmly in a woodland area, gently breathing, and taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the pastoral atmosphere.

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Practical Wisdom Links on Courage, Priorities, and Stress

Practical Wisdom on Courage, Priorities, & Stress

Once a month or so, I share a list of my favorite articles from around the web, just the best ones that contain practical or profound wisdom to inspire you to shine.  Here’s my selection for this time.

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9 Ways to Find Serenity In A World Gone Mad

serenity + peace in stressful times

When I read about the unrelenting work demands at a company like Amazon, I’m convinced the world has gone utterly insane.

You can work as hard as you want, but eventually you’ll discover that a healthy balance between activity and quiet is essential for a happy and sustainable life.  Too much busyness will eventually lead to a breakdown of one sort or another, as illustrated by the experience of some white color workers interviewed in this New York Times exposé of the brutal and bruising work environment at Amazon.

Accidents, injuries, and minor illnesses like the common cold often seem to arise when your life tips out of balance.  You might brush these warning signs aside, but the body and the heart refuse to be ignored indefinitely.  Eventually, stronger and deeper indicators will arrest you once again.

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Stressed? How to Slow Down the Pace

Protect your nervous system from stress.

I found myself sitting in a small, underground room, illuminated by fluorescent bulbs.  The air reeked of an old-fashioned smell, probably piped throughout the building.  This scent, along with the hot pink doors on the toilets next door, took me to an earlier era – but not early enough.

The presenter began his introduction to Organic Intelligence, a leading-edge, body-based therapy for shock trauma.  He shuffled through slides as he ambled across the front of the room, explaining how the human nervous system was designed for the reality of the hunter-gatherer period, not for our speedy, complex, and uncertain modern world.

Stress and Your Nervous System

Thus, nervous system dysregulation can impact almost everyone in these busy times, not just those subject to the distress of trauma.

When your nervous system is regulated, you’re able to respond to perceived danger in an appropriate manner and then return to a baseline of calm.  These days, perceived danger can be anything from a nasty comment to fear for your job.  More and more people find themselves constantly stressed with little recourse for turning down the frazzle.

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How to Get Tiny Bursts of Stress Relief All Day Long

Tiny Bursts of Stress Relief

Recently, I took advantage of a short wait at the dentist to close my eyes, relax my body, and let go of stress.

How do you respond when you’re required to wait?  Be honest with yourself.

  • Do you get impatient, bored, or restless?
  • Do you turn to a digital device to keep your mind busy or stave off the feeling of too much to do?
  • Do you turn to a magazine or the television screen to distract yourself?

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