Change Your Mindset to Relieve Stress
- Laugh – Laughter reduces stress and helps keep your heart healthy. It improves blood flow, reduces inflammation in your arteries and may actually reduce cholesterol and blood clot formation. If you don’t laugh much, make a point of laughing. Check out Youtube for some old Dean Martin Roasts (which are hysterical…I dare you not to laugh! Just watching those guys laugh cracks me up), find a humor website to follow, call a silly friend, read a funny book and watch funny videos. Laughter relieves stress as well! Besides, it’s fun to laugh and be silly sometimes. We live in a very serious world. Take a break for a while for the sake of your good health.
- Become an optimist – Positive thinkers live longer. In fact, people who are chronically negative, fearful, and worry live an average of 16 years less than optimists. How do you become an optimist? Surround yourself with positive people. Learn to become more aware of your thoughts. Practice gratitude. This is a big one. Being grateful for what you have can sometimes turn around a really challenging day. When you’re having an awful day at work, take a minute and be grateful that you have a job at all. There are a lot of people who would love to be in your shoes.
- Learn something new – Learning new skills and acquiring knowledge helps you keep your brain strong. If you’re going to live to 120, you want to be able to think clearly and appreciate your long life. Exercise your brain. Sign up for brain training like Lumosity or Fit Brains. You can put them on your phone so if you’re stuck waiting for someone who is late, train your brain for the 5 or 10 minutes you have to wait. It’s a better way to spend that time than stewing over the fact that someone is late!
- Get married – Study after study has shown that married people live longer than singles. It probably corresponds in part with the next tactic.
- Have more sex – People who have more sex live longer. In fact, according to a report in the American Journal of Cardiology, men who have sex two or three times a week have a 45 percent lower risk of heart disease.
- Connect spiritually – Studies have shown that people who belong to a spiritual community and regularly attend services live longer and happier lives. Being part of a community, feeling like you have a purpose and a support group all help a person experience less stress and have a more optimistic mindset about life. These sentiments have health benefits and can lengthen your life.
Mindset is part of the mental and emotional health equation. Reducing stress is a very specific component of having a positive mindset and healthy emotional wellbeing. Next, we’ll look at how you can reduce stress and the impact that stress can have on your life.
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC