Today I want to share with you some proven ideas that you will want to try, to help reduce stress in life. Pick the one that resonates the most with you, and try it. Then go onto try others stress techniques
Research has shown that you can reduce your stress by praying for others. Neil Krause at the University of Michigan conducted a study that showed that over 1,000 people who prayed for others helped reduce the financial stresses and strains on the person they were praying for. In the process, they also improved their own overall well-being. It’s important to note that praying for material things did not have this same positive effect.
Leisure activities can also have a positive impact on stress. Examining various groups of people following a stressful situation, Sky Chafin at the University of California studied which types of music were better at reducing their blood pressure.
They found that people who listened to Pachelbel’s Canon and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Spring, movement 1, relaxed more quickly and their blood pressure dropped more swiftly to its normal level following a stressful event than those who listened to pop or jazz music. In fact, those individuals who listened to pop or jazz following their stressful event had results similar to sitting in total silence. Based on this research, I suggest you go to your local library this week and take out Pachelbel’s Canon and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Spring, movement 1.
Another technique worth trying is to spend 30 minutes outside in the sun. With the higher temperature and barometric pressure, you’ll find yourself in a better mood and with improved memory. Those who spend less than the suggested “magic” half hour in the sun will discover themselves in a poorer mood than usual. This recommendation is based on a study conducted by Matthew Keller at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
Another way to relieve stress is to just lighten up! It is suggested that everyone should laugh at least 15 minutes per day. In fact, doing so could save your life. People who are able to spontaneously use humor to help them cope with their stress will have especially healthy immune systems. They are also 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, and on average, they live 4.5 years longer than their humorless counterparts. All of these benefits were discovered by Michael Miller and his colleagues in 2005 at the University of Maryland while researching the topic.
To better endure stress, consider adding a canine to your family. People who own dogs tend to cope with stress better than non-dog owners. (That includes us cat owners.) In one study conducted by Erika Friedman at the University of Maryland, dog owners tended to be more relaxed about life, had high self- esteem, and were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
The primary point of this research was to uncover the social benefit of owning a dog and the positive affect such ownership has on cardiovascular functioning. The results stand to reason. Dogs have to be walked. Therefore, people who walk dogs tend to interact with other people during such walks. Dogs help promote social contact, which reduces the stress in their owner’s lives.
Now the good news is, if you want to embrace this idea and do not own a dog, then you can buy an iDog and still get some of the companionship benefits that help eliminate loneliness. (Marian Banks and colleagues at Saint Louis University School of Medicine conducted a study that substantiated this theory.)
Watching TV can also be a stress buster, depending on what you’re watching. If you want to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure in less than a minute, take a break and watch Animal Planet or an animal video. If you watch a soap opera, on the other hand, it produces the same benefits as looking at a blank TV (i.e., virtually none). (Deborah Well, from Queens University in Belfast, found this tendency to be true in her research.)
The information I am sharing with you is from Chapter 2, in from The NEW Rules of Job Search â€“ How to Land an Executive Job in the New Economy.
Have a great and productive day. I believe in you!
Eleanor Anne Sweet
Executive Job Search Expert and Coach, tm.
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