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.