Firstly, I want to apologise on behalf of the technology that is the wonders of this blog – I had pre-scheduled all my posts for the Daily Stress Tips for November knowing that I would be away from my computer, and they didn’t post! So please accept my apologies.
What I intend to do now is catch up with the posts by doing 2 a day until we get back on track. So todays will be days 7 &8.
Day 7 – Exercise
Many of you may have said “ugh” when you read that the tip is all about exercise. But before you close the window – you haven’t done that have you? I hope not! Well if you are still here with me, exercise is one of the best forms of lifting stress and treating depression. Yes, it’s been scientifically proven and studied by numerous psychologists (I’ve read the studies at university!).
So what would be good forms of exercise to combat stress? well the saying goes that as long as it gets our heart pumping, the old stress will get a good dumping! OK so I made that saying up! But its what basically happens. Exercise gives us endorphins, and endorphins make us happy and happy people tend to have less stress in their lives!
Good Exercise forms to combat stress include;
- Running (Run away from the stress in your mind)
- Power Walking (Strut your inner power god/goddess and show stress who is boss)
- Kick-boxing (Kick stresses butt!)
- Tai Chi
However I am partial to the yoga – it includes breathing exercises, relaxation postures and completely gets the blood flowing. Warrior Pose is an excellent way to start the day and you begin with a fighting spirit – I love doing it when I first wake up and cant help but giggle as I mentally say “C’mon! Give me what you got!” and I find myself mentally able to take the day on!
So, by now you should be eating better, practicing breathing techniques, cutting down on the stimulants, drinking more water and watching you alcohol intake. Now you add some exercise to your daily routine, 10-20 minutes even a nice power walk will do you the world of good.
Day 8 – Panic Attacks
Panic Attacks are nasty anxiety attacks. This happens when we experience extreme levels of stress. Some of the physical symptoms can include;
- loss of hearing
- pupil dilation
- increased respiratory and cardiac rate
- sweaty palms
- constriction of blood vessels
- slow and sluggish digestion
- chest pains
- pins and needles
- weird thoughts
If you do find yourself experiencing a panic attack, make sure you remove yourself from any immediate danger and find a safe place, preferably with a safe person. Take some slow deep breaths, and drink cold water to calm yourself and hydrate yourself. Understand that you are safe, you are in control.
I would absolutely suggest that you seek advice from a medical practitioner who can monitor your panic attacks, and symptoms, and can give you the tools needed to beat this (not always necessarily medication). There are numerous wonderful calming techniques you can put into practice including daily yoga, and most definitely breathing techniques.
I hope that these daily tips are serving you well. Tomorrow will be days 9 & 10 which are; Sleep and Insomnia, and Environment and Behaviour a double whammy resulting in a quadruple daily tip 🙂