Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Find Serenity

Read this article in Essence and definitely wanted to share. No matter what you're going through, you can find serenity and these are some awesome tips.

Find Serenity: Want to stress less this year? Make over your mind-set for a tranquil 2010 by Lynya Floyd. (Side note: I've worked with Lynya before for the gig and she's really nice)

Plan Your Playtime Now
"A lot of people schedule vacations last-after thinking about everything that needs to be done in the year," says wellness expert Eric Plasker, author of The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout (GPP Life). Even if you can't afford a trip to the Bahamas, pen in a vacation today. "You'll create better balance in your life," says Plasker.

Don't make it worse
Skipping meals or depriving yourself of sleep to hit a deadline leads to hunger or exhaustion, which makes your body release stress hormones. Replace those moves with smart ones like getting the number for a good health food delivery place in your neighborhood.

Decide not to be tense
"Some people with overdue bills are giving themselves a heart attack over it. And others with overdue bills are just fine," notes Plasker. The trick is to become conscious of your emotions and lect to change them. "Say to yourself, I chose not to stress about these bills. It takes practice, but it works," he says.

Make a power move
Overwhelmed? Ask yourself, What's one thing I can do now to get closer to resolving my stress? Perhaps you need to apologize to someone? Should you knock out the most dreaded item on your to-do list instead of procrastinating? Focusing on a single task, instead of ten at a time will ease your tension.

Run From Your Drama
"When stressors hit, your body preps for fight or flight," explains exercise physiologist Jenny Evans. (Think: Sprinting from an angry lion). "The appropriate response is intense physical activity. "This could be a quick walk around the block or sprinting a few flights of stairs for just a minute. "You'll work off the stress hormone, get an endorphin release and remove yourself from the stressor physically and emotionally," adds Evans.

Hope this was helpful! What are some other things you do to find serenity? For me reciting the serenity prayer, drinking hot tea, calling a girlfriend (who always reminds me that life is so much bigger than the current problem at hand) or leaving my office for 5-10 minutes usually does the trick.

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