April 30, 2005
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Stress Part V - Be Positive
DrWeil.com is focusing on stress awareness here is his final stress-reduction technique.
Did you know pessimism has been linked to a higher risk of dying before age 65? On the other hand, expressing positive emotions, such as optimism, is associated with a variety of health benefits: lowered production of the stress hormone cortisol, better immune function, and reduced risk of chronic diseases. If you are stressed-out or anxious, and tend to become negative when in this state of mind, try the following:
Take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep.
Express your emotional reactions honestly so you can effectively deal with what's bothering you.
Confide in someone - your mate, a good friend or a trusted relative.
View the cup as half full instead of half empty
April 23, 2005
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Stress Part IV - Expressing Yourself
Another tip by Dr. Weil:
People often have difficulty expressing their anger, and end up holding it in instead of letting it out in manageable ways. Unfortunately, suppressing your anger can ultimately contribute to health issues and increased stress. Instead of bottling up your anger, try to figure out what is causing it. When you are angry, distinguish between the mildly annoying and the infuriating. Look at what else you are feeling when you are most angry - lack of power, guilt, or confusion may be the root. Then, recognize where your anger is really coming from, discuss it openly with a close friend or therapist, and try to remedy that situation.
April 21, 2005
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Stress Part III - Imagery
Using imagery to relax is a terrific way to reduce stress and work through those day-to-day challenges. It's simple, low-tech and effective: all you need is your imagination and a few minutes to yourself. Begin by closing your eyes and taking deep, measured breaths. Imagine that you are in beautiful surroundings - either someplace you have visited or someplace you conjure up from your imagination. Focus on bringing all the elements of the scene to life: the colors you see, the sounds you hear, the smells you detect. Bring the images into focus and try to "stay in" the scene for at least five minutes. Practice this exercise for a few minutes every day or use whenever you're stressed.
April 12, 2005
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Stress Part II Getting Exercise
This month DrWeil.com is focusing on stress awareness. Each Saturday in April the Daily Tips will feature a stress-reduction technique.
For many people, exercise is a main method of reducing stress and promoting relaxation. One of the benefits of regular aerobic exercise is its moderating effect on emotions, both long-term and short-term. If you feel angry or upset, a brisk walk or run or a half hour of lifting weights will often put you back in a good mood. While exercise is a great way to burn up excess energy and dissipate tension, it does not necessarily teach you how to process stress differently, and is best used as a complement to another technique, such as breathing, visualization or yoga, for instance. Yoga is an excellent promoter of relaxation as well as a good form of non-aerobic body conditioning. It perfectly complements aerobic exercise. Visit the Mind/Body/Spirit section on DrWeil.com for more information.