Don’t Stress About It
Stress comes in many diff erent shapes and sizes, some of which aren’t always obvious— work pressure, debt, illness, worries about children or aging parents, and the list goes on. There are also psychological forms of stress such as holding on to things and stuffi ng down feelings. Regardless of the cause, all forms of stress can negatively aff ect health and mental well- being.
There are a lot of eff ective ways to deal with stress and lighten your stress “load.” We have some suggestions in “Stress Relief Toolkit” by Tina Rubin on p. 38. For example, here’s an easy stress management tip that can pay off in a big way— set aside 15 minutes each morning for yourself. Read, meditate, write in a journal, drink a cup of tea, go for a walk, etc. This helps you ease into the day, and when practiced over time, increases your body’s resiliency to stress.
You may think kids are too young to be burdened by stress, but studies show that even school- age children may have high levels of chronic tension and anxiety, says Lisa Turner, author of “All in the Family” on p. 32. “If your kids struggle with stress, help them cope; be sure they’re getting proper sleep and nutrition. Don’t overschedule them; down time is the fastest rejuvenator for kids ( and grown- ups).” You can also support tech- loving kids with apps. One to try is HelloMind, a kid- focused app that off ers guided hypnosis sessions.
Supplements can help quite a bit when it comes to blunting the eff ects of stress within the body. My favorites are medicinal mushrooms. According to mushroom expert Tero Isokauppila, author of “5 Amazing Mushrooms for WholeBody Health” on p. 53, reishi and chaga are among the best mushrooms for helping you stress less. “Taking reishi will not only increase your quality and duration of deep, restful sleep, but will also allow you to function at peak levels during waking hours,” says Isokauppila.
Stress is everywhere. There’s no way to avoid it completely. The plus side is that you can reduce the amount of stress in your life and alleviate the kind that you can’t control. It might take time and practice, but making stress management a priority will make you a happier, healthier person.