Challenge 4: Pampers?

11/07/2010

No, we are way too old for those.  This weeks challenge is about pampering yourself.  With the oncoming of the holiday season and the stresses that it can bring it’s time to think of yourself before you are caught up in the whirlwind that can leave us feeling drained.

Stress.  I’m very good at stressing myself out, but, am normally good about finding healthy was of releasing it.  But, then, life gets busy and finding time to deal with the stress in our lives takes a back burner to just “dealing” with the stress.  We go into survival mode and simply learn to accept that “this is the way things are”.  Really?  since when?  Doesn’t that attitude create a lot of stress?  Maybe… we’ll decide about that later.

When we are stressed, our bodies release cortisol (think flight or fight).  Cortisol can be a really great thing if you are being chased by a dinosaur or chasing down your food for the night (please do not take this as an invitation to hunt down the neighborhood cat) and in small amounts it can increase our mental clarity, give us the energy we need to flee from the dinosaur, help with memory function, etc.  But, with our current high stress lifestyles… we are getting more cortisol than we could possibly ever use.  Cortisol is a hormone and is referred to as the “stress hormone”.  It can harm the body in many ways but the one that will mean the most is:  it makes our bellies fat.  Yep.  Stress gives you a fat gut. 🙂

So, this week…. be gentle with yourself and treat yourself (no not with sugar!) to a  few moments of less stress.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Sex (I think this one is self-explanatory)
  • Get a Massage (remember to drink lots of water afterward)
  • Take a warm bath.  You can use sea salts or oils that are appealing and relaxing for you.  Light candles, use bubbles… whatever floats your little toy boat.
  • Take a yoga class (you all knew that one was coming)
  • Exercise (20 minutes at least) will release “endorphins” that are better than any happy pill.
  • Meditate (if you want more information on this please email me)
  • Turn your cell phone off (see?  I’m reducing stress not ignoring everyone! lol)
  • Enjoy a healthy dinner (abstain from more than one drink and sugar as they can create stress reactions in the body)
  • Breathe.  Taking some time to breathe in through the nose and exhale through the nose or audibly through the mouth can keep the bodies stress reactions under control.
  • Listen to music

I’m not a doctor, but, I have spent nearly my entire adult life researching ways to have a healthier and happier life.  I can only tell you what has worked for me and what I hope will safely work for you.  You have to be your own guide and listen to your body and as always, check with your doctor if you need to.

Also, if you have your own suggestions for relaxing… please post them.  Your idea may be just the thing that someone else is looking for in their life 🙂

Love and Happiness,   Jen

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3 Responses to “Challenge 4: Pampers?”

  1. Kevin said

    My four corners of my mat; my time my breath my flow. Yoga is one of my favorite self indugences. A tough week to find me time though; a death in my family. Sometimes you just have to give to others with no expectations of receiving anything in return. Sometimes.

  2. Paula said

    What a great challenge! Thanks Jen! Love you! 🙂

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