Friday, December 3, 2010

hit the refresh button

Stress is much more than just desserts spelled backwards. By definition, it's our reaction to any kind of change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment. Stress can come from any situation or thought (running late, cross words from a co-worker or loved one, troublesome news, trouble sleeping, waiting, coping with a health problem, working on deadline, studying for exams, worry about health, relationships, job, finances, life!) that makes you feel frustrated, nervous, angry or anxious. Which boils down to, basically, gazillions of things. Some in our control and many not.

Stress can make you feel miserable at the very least, and get sick or die at worst. I'm trying to give stress a major heave-ho in my own life, which might do you a world of good as well. One way to start is by conjuring up a list of de-stressors to default to when things get tense. Things that refresh the senses, soothe the soul, lift the spirits. The most basic, of course, is taking a good deep breath. All the better if it's cold, clear December air, scented with pine.

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