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Relaxation Challenge – The Stress-Free Finish Line

Relaxation Challenge – The Stress-Free Finish Line

Unfortunately, my stress free month has ended.  This challenge proved more beneficial and insightful than I expected.  If you find yourself getting stressed out too often, here’s my recommendation.  Like anything, you’ve got to have a plan.  The most important thing is keeping track of what triggers your stress by keeping a journal and recording what contributes to your anxiety.  You might discover, like I did, that certain tasks in your daily routine contribute to stress.  Once you understand the triggers, it’s much easier to take control of the situation.  Then you can utilize stress reduction techniques most efficiently.  I used a combination of meditation, music, and stretching.  

Another big insight I learned came in dealing with factors outside of your control.  Many times each day things happen that you can’t control and we become victims by allowing stress to win.  The key is to realize you have the power and don’t let that guy who cut you off driving to work negatively impact you.  Okay, I know that sounds too simple, but I’ve found it to be true.  Just remember you’re in charge of your emotions and the hardest part is over.  So much anxiety is caused when we feel we’re not in control.  Convince yourself you’re in control and you’ll be happier and healthier.

During the month, we purchased a massage chair.  I’d been thinking about getting one for a couple years and the challenge was just what I needed to convince myself that it was time.   We’ve had it about three weeks now and I think I’ve used it almost every day.  The chair is great to use for 10-15 minutes before bed.  I fall asleep faster and even seem to sleep better.  The technology in the newest massage chairs has radically improved in recent years and prices have also been coming down.  I did a lot of research before making a decision and the best place I found was here.   Dr. Weidner was very helpful and the entire process went smoothly. 

Good luck to those who choose to stand up to stress.  Punch stress in the face and take control.  You’ll be happy you did.

Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Alright I’m almost 2 weeks into my stress reduction month and I’ve definitely made some progress.   I think the most important thing I’ve done has been keeping data by maintaining a stress journal.   It helped me discover what events triggered additional stress and the times of the day that meditation can provide the most benefit.   On the other hand, some things that I thought might help like driving in the slow lane probably caused as much stress as it prevented.   Avoiding competitive games has really helped.  I’m really competitive and for me it’s difficult to return to equilibrium after competition.  So if I can keep those activities to a reasonable level it seems to really help.  Mediation on a consistent schedule has also been a big plus and I notice the difference when I miss a planned session.  It’s all about calming your mind as it tends to start juggling too many tasks as the day goes on.   That’s all for now but we just purchased a massage chair that might help more on this front.  More details on that later.

Jason’s March Relaxation Challenge

Jason’s March Relaxation Challenge

For March, I’ve decided to make reducing stress a challenge.  Everyone has too much stress and we all know that’s not a great thing, but what can you do about it?  This month will be an interesting experiment as to whether a plan and concerted effort can make a difference when it comes to stress.   The first step of my plan was to identify  the major sources of stress in my life, which include work, competitive activities, family responsibilities, and commuting.  Some of these like competition and commuting I can materially change while work/family will need a different plan.  For competition, the plan is to avoid all competitive situations where possible, easier said than done for me.  For commuting, it’s going to be the slow lane for me although this might actually increase my stress, time will tell.  And for the things I can’t really change at work and home, I’m going to meditate and do some stretching 4-5 times a day for 3-5 minutes at a time.  Hope you have a stress free March.