Reducing Stress

Post date: Oct 9, 2014 5:08:05 PM

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Holy Communion:

I feel especially happy when September rolls around and I don’t have to worry about teaching anymore. Even though I loved my students and all the excitement of taking them into various hospital settings, every year I would experience knots in my stomach as I stressed out about having all my classes perfectly prepared. I never really paid attention to learning some simple stress reducers. Perhaps now would be a good time to try one or more of the following “Top Five Stress Reducers” recommended by the Mayo Clinic in the Fall 2013 edition of Hometown Health.

Try The Following…

1. Get moving: Any kind of activity relieves stress by releasing endorphins.

Walking, gardening, biking, house cleaning, etc. make you feel good and help you focus your mind.

2. Focus on the moment: Five-minute meditation sessions can help.

With your eyes closed, focus on inhaling, exhaling and

releasing stress. This can make a difference in a hectic day.

3. Let it out: Express yourself to let stress out.

Write in a journal or share your feelings with a trusted friend. Social

interaction helps provide support and distraction at the same time.

4. Catch some zzz’s: Sleep gives your body and mind a chance to recharge.

Make the effort to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

5. Lose yourself in music: Listening to music or playing an instrument helps

manage stress by reducing stress hormones and muscle tension,

as well as providing mental distraction.

Add to the stress reducers the following adage by Julie Fuimano, author of the life manual and confidence builder, The Journey Called YOU: A Roadmap to Self-Discovery and Acceptance.

“If you rush through life, you avoid being yourself. Give yourself permission to be a human being rather than a human doing. Give yourself time to reflect and experience your feelings. When you have time to breathe and reflect, you let the creative juices flow and you are able to synthesize the information and ideas that surface. You’re also able to recognize issues that need your attention. When we are too busy doing, there is no time to consider the possibilities.”

With love and care, Judy Gardner, Parish Nurse September, 2014