We all have stress, which is not a bad thing. Even though living occasional stress can help accomplish tasks and improve focus temporarily, chronic stress can lead to lasting health conditions that manifest in forms of pain and discomfort. Follow Dr. Steflik's tips to reduce stress and improve your health:
1. Think Positive! Research has shown positive thinking will reduce stress and increase the good "luck" that occurs in your life.
2. Get outside and enjoy Nature - We live in paradise so get out and enjoy it! We have beautiful beaches, natural springs, and forests all within a short drive. Studies show that interacting with nature can help lessen the effects of stress on the nervous system, reduce attention deficits, decrease aggression, and enhance spiritual well-being.
3. Build a strong support system - Want to boost your immune system along with decrease your stress? Make friends, stay close to your family, and use them. Loneliness may contribute to stress in both men and women, also leading to poorer outcomes after a stroke or congestive heart failure. On the other hand, active and socially involved seniors are at lower risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It might keep you from going crazy!
4. Relax your mind - Recent studies have shown that many different types of meditation has shown to reduce stress. Focusing on our breath, looking at a candle, or practicing a non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts and actions can help tune out distractions, reduce anxiety and depression, and accept our circumstances. In cancer patients, meditation-based stress reduction enhances quality of life, lowers stress symptoms, and potentially benefits the immune system.
BONUS TIPS: Coastal Integrative Healthcare Staff ideas include.... listen to music, pump some iron, take a bubble bath with essential oils, clean and organize, garden, run outside, get a massage, practice a musical instrument, and DANCE.