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Ways To Focus On Beating Stress

Stress has its evil ways of affecting how we think, focus and concentrate, let alone its detrimental effects it has on our bodies. Here are 8 ways to focus on beating stress written by Dawn Klingensmith for Omaha.com. You’ll have seen some of these before but there are definitely some original suggestions like loosing your loafers, hugging a loved one and chewing gum!

Nuts To Reduce StressLaugh

Watch talking-dog or dancing-baby videos on YouTube, or whatever strikes you as laugh-out-loud funny. Stress constricts the arteries by as much as 35 percent; laughter opens them again for increased blood flow, said Dr. Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of the Stress Institute in Atlanta.

Lose your loafers

“Rubbing your bare feet on the floor stimulates over 200,000 nerve endings, one of the densest concentrations on the body,” Hall said. “Our nerve-dense soles are our tactile contact with the physical world, and without direct contact we lose equilibrium and become disoriented.”

Go nuts with your diet

Nuts, seeds, dairy products, legumes, soy products, tuna and turkey all contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body produce the brain chemical serotonin, which plays an important role in healthy sleep and mood, said Dr. David Sack, president and CEO of Elements Behavioral Health in Long Beach, Calif.

Go outside

Several studies have indicated that “people who are in frequent contact with nature and the outdoors experience fewer stress-related symptoms than those who routinely stay inside,” said Brant Secunda, director of Dance of the Deer Foundation of Shamanistic Studies in Soquel, Calif.

“The fresh air, sunlight, scents, green views and having contact with the earth beneath your feet all have stress-reducing benefits,” he said.

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I was surprised not to see exercise emphasised in these ways to focus on beating stress. Exercise has got to be the best way to experience an endorphin release, not to mention the countless other benefits. Listening to music that you love is also an excellent way of beating stress – and it takes you to a happy place. What’s your favourite way of beating stress?

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10 Ways To Focus On Beating The Most Common Stressors

If you’re struggling to focus on your work, goals, exercise regime or anything else, then it may be down to stress.  Here are 10 ways to focus on beating the most common stressors, by Paula Davis-Laack for Psychology Today, from which I’ve excerpted one of my favourites.  I like this point, because I truly believe we’re capable of doing anything that we put our mind to (within reason, I’m not suggesting that by 32 you can become a Formula One racing driver). We are surrounded by information, friends, contacts and all we need to know is how to use that information to reach our end goal.

Ways To Focus On Beating StressYou are unsure of your ability to do something

Strategies:

• If you can’t figure it out on your own, talk to a friend, co-worker, or your boss, if possible. Look for information online, in books, and other resources.

• Build your self-efficacy, which is the ability to believe you can accomplish what you want to accomplish. Start by keeping a journal of “wins.” Write down all of the times in your life when you have exceeded expectations, accomplished tough goals, and were in control of your life. Review this list often and keep adding to it. If you have to, start small. Small victories create momentum which is a great foundation from which to succeed at more complicated tasks.

• Identify your strengths. People who successfully manage their stress understand that they cannot be everything to everybody and remain effective; instead, they have a keen awareness of how to leverage their unique blend of strengths, skills, and talents.

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I’ll be honest, I was quite surprised to read these 10 ways to focus on beating the most common stressors and see exercise only mentioned once. Psychology Today is probably my favourite authority site from which I excerpt. Having said that, these are 10 very specific stressors so I can understand why exercise didn’t feature in every solution. Exercise for me, is probably the single most effective stress reliever of everything I have tried personally, and there are plenty of articles on this site under the category of exercise and dealing with stress that will support this. It takes you away from your working environment and allows you to be mindful. It also pumps blood and oxygen around your body and vital organs providing all the necessary fuel your body requires.

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