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31 Days To Less Stress - July 8th - Sleep & Nap

Friday, July 08, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Sleep in. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Staying well-rested keeps your mind (and body) healthy and better able to handle stressors. A good nap itself can even decrease tensions."

tells us that according to many experts, most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. When you don't get enough sleep, symptoms such as moodiness, anxiety, aggression and increased stress levels can result. About.com's Guide to Stress Management, Elizabeth Scott, suggests taking "power naps" to combat drowsiness, reduce stress and increase productivity. While sleeping more certainly won't eliminate all stress, it can help increase your readiness to cope with the stress of day-to-day life.

And according to stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifesty
studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own). The body seems to be designed for this, as most people’s bodies naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after we wake up.

If you want to obtain more sleep, and the health benefits that go with getting enough sleep, here are some tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:

•Avoid caffeine after 3pm. It’s a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep and stay in your system longer than you think; its half-life is four to six hours!
•If you don’t want to nap a long time, set an alarm.
•If you don’t have time for a power nap, or don’t feel comfortable napping during the day, try meditation; it gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves similar to sleep.

Today's "food for thought" is,

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKYCARLEY 7/14/2011 9:36PM

    I tried for years to get more sleep. Going to bed earlier didn't help me fall asleep or to stay asleep. Now I get good sleep most nights, but only because of the medication I take. I worry thought that this is not as good as getting 'natural' sleep without meds.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/9/2011 6:21AM

    Sleep is usually not a problem for me. I also naps when I can. They seem to revive me.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/9/2011 12:49AM

    What great advice. I love getting in an afternoon nap when I can.

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DEE107 7/9/2011 12:14AM

    thanks for sharing

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 7th - Adopt A Mantra

Thursday, July 07, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Develop a mantra. Does a particular word, phrase or quote help you calm down and relax? Make it your mantra. Write it, think it, and repeat it any time you feel stressed, impatient, or anxious."

tells us that mantras

- can quiet your mind,
- are one of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to calm yourself down,
- it can be just a phrase or word that you tell yourself,
- and with a bit of practice your mind will associate your phrase with serenity (which will help ease stress, tension, anxiety and frustration.)


- find a phrase that works for you and when you're really feeling stressed, take a few minutes to quiet your mind and repeat it to yourself over and over until you start to feel the stress and tension release.

The simplest mantra is just the word "breathe." It is one syllable and a good reminder to slow down and breathe deeply. Ghandi used the word, “Rama”, which is the word for God meaning “joy”. Other suggestions are "calm", "I am calm", "I'm at peace." Or it can be a non-sensical sound like "Om". The words or sounds you choose aren't important as long as they are simple, have a personal meaning for you and are comfortable for you to repeat.

Today's "food for thought" is,

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~ William James

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/8/2011 12:50AM

    Great advice! Thanks for that.

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DEE107 7/8/2011 12:18AM

    thanks for sharing this seems this is aimed right at me

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/7/2011 10:19PM

    Wow... this is awesome. I never thought of doing this before. Thanks!

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PHYLISSCR 7/7/2011 6:00PM

    Thanks...I needed an encouraging ...or should i say distracting thought last night...I wish i would have had it already picked out before I had my melt down last night.... crying and food overindulgence... always seem to go together...:( But now i will be prepared... :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 7/7/2011 2:18PM

    OMG This is so timely for me. It's not for stress, but to help curb my binge eating. I've created a three word sentence that I hope will remind me of why I'm on this journey and to stay on track.

Thanks for posting this!!!

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 6th - Get A Massage

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Get a massage. A professional massage can provide soothing, deep relaxation. As the tense muscles relax, so does your entire body, as well as your overstressed mind."

points out that therapeutic massage is more than a feel-good “indulgence” providing more than a nice way to unwind after work or exercise. It provides relief to people of all ages – from infants to seniors – to the sedentary and the athletic as it helps to reduce levels of stress chemicals/hormones such as cortisol, and noradrenalin and thus helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing the heart rate, respiration, and metabolism, as well as lowering raised blood pressure.

Therapeutic massage can provide an important component to overall well-being by promoting better sleep, improving concentration, and reducing anxiety. As such, stop thinking of it as a luxury and more like a "must have" to help reduce stress levels.

Today's "food for thought" is,

A pleasure a day keeps stress away. ~ Ethel Roskies

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAYYVAUGHN 7/7/2011 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I already feel better.

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DEE107 7/6/2011 10:40PM

    thanks for sharing the foot massage looks so good

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    Ahh, I would love one right now.

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 1st - Reach Out

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip for July 1st is,

"Reach out. Develop a network of friends and family who you can rely on and confide in. Call or visit them when you need to talk or vent. By sharing and listening, they will help you calm down."
tells us countless studies show that people with a balanced, happy social support structure (consisting of friends, family, loved ones, or even pets) experience fewer stress-related symptoms and are better stress managers than people without social support. Your loved ones are also in an excellent position to observe your lifestyle and offer suggestions and help when you need it.

Some "food for thought",

Stress is not what happens to us.
It's our response to what happens.
And response is something we can choose
~ Maureen Killoran

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKYCARLEY 7/6/2011 7:43PM

    One of my hardest things to do is socialize... making friends has always been so hard for me, but I'm getting better I think. :-)

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PHYLISSCR 7/6/2011 3:24PM

    So true... we may not be able to control many things..bue we can control of how we react to them.
..Thanks for reminding me.. emoticon I hope to take this thought and remember it today..

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DEE107 7/6/2011 8:38AM

    sounds great thanks for sharing

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DGFOWLER 7/6/2011 6:19AM

    Sounds like great advice to me... I'll have to implement this one for sure.. Donna

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 2nd - Work Up A Sweat

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip for July 2nd is,

"Work up a sweat. Exercise is one of the best ways to destress. Pop in a workout video, hope on your bike or grab your jump rope. Picture the stress leaving your body through your pores, and let it go."

tells us that exercise can decrease ‘stress hormones' like cortisol, and increase endorphins, your body's ‘feel-good’ chemicals, giving your mood a natural boost and it can take your mind off of your problems by redirecting it to the activity at hand.

Some "food for thought",

How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish. ~ Catherine Pulsifer

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKYCARLEY 7/6/2011 7:42PM

    Working up a sweat is something that I need to find more time for... I think that's where I could use the benefit of some time management... those organizational skills that were mentioned a couple blogs ago. :-D

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PICKLEDGINGER2 7/6/2011 1:23AM

  Thanks for this.

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