Posts Tagged ‘Stress’

12 days of sporty gifts — Day 7 — Mass(ahhh)age

December 19, 2010

Swedish, Thai, aromatherapy, hot stone, deep tissue, Shiatsu and sport…the choices abound and there’s no doubt a massage makes a great holiday gift.

Massages are one of those things we always say we’re going to buy for ourselves and never do.  We put it off and put it off until we’re a giant ball of stressed nerves and tensed muscles.  This is even more true for people who put themselves through daily punishing workouts and/or work in stressful conditions.  In essence, the gift of recovery is perfect for athletes and non-athletes alike.

Sure, you could research which massage would be the best treatment for what ails the gift recipient, but let’s be honest, any massage is going to make those tired and overworked muscles feel better.  (Here’s a list of definitions, if you must know)And while you’re at it, why not schedule one for yourself for after the holidays?  You know you deserve it!

Especially since there are only 5 days left until Christmas!

Cutting out the Stress

August 10, 2010

Know a smoker?  Or maybe you’re one yourself?  Is one of the excuses you use for not quitting is that lighting up calms you down?  Well, get a load of this…

Studies find smoking actually causes long term stress to rise…not fall.  And the reason why is really interesting.  Apparently smokers are more anxious because they’re worried about when they’ll get their next fix.  Cut out the smoking and you’ve got one less thing to worry about. 

So, um, what’s the excuse for not quitting now?

SOURCE:  “The Claim: Smoking Relieves Stress”

TGIF

June 11, 2010

It’s Friday.  Finally.  If you’ve had a rough week, take the time this weekend to relax.  Not sure you’ll be able to unwind? Here’s a few relaxation tips:

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards!

1) Take a deep breath.  Now let it out slowly.   Take another 2 or 3 or however many it takes for you to reach a relaxed state.  It’s a deceptively simple practice that really works wonders.

2) Unplug.  Head outside, but leave the phone, iPod and/or computer behind.  Just sit there and do nothing.  Let your mind wander.  Maybe even take a few deep breaths (I’m telling you, it works). 

3) Enjoy a hot bath or shower.  If you’re feeling really stressed (or indulgent), add an essential oil like lavender or peppermint to the water.  Peppermint oil, by the way, is really great at relieving tension headaches.

4) If you have to work this weekend and find yourself in a stressful situation, walk away, seriously.  Take a break by going on a short walk.  If that’s not an option, try doing switching tasks for a little while.  In other words, take a time out, just like you would in kindergarten.

However you spend the weekend, enjoy!  I’ll see  you back for the madness of a new week (and new music) on Monday.

Worked to death

May 14, 2010

On this Friday, allow me to present evidence as to way you shouldn’t be working so hard.  Working overtime will kill you. 

According to a new study published in the European Heart Journal, people who regularly clock OT and work 10 or 11 hour days potentially increase their risk for heart disease by nearly 60%. 

The authors of the study cite a whole bunch of reasons as to why this is true, but it’s the usual culprits…stress and anxiety which likely grows the longer you sit at your desk.  Less time to exercise, relax and unwind are mentioned too.

In the end, it all comes back to the buff broad mantra (I know you’re probably getting tired of it, but I’m never going to stop saying it)…EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!  This applies to work, diet, exercise, etc.  Your life NEEDS balance.  Too much of anything (whether good or bad) isn’t always the best thing.

SOURCE: Working overtime increases heart risk, a study finds

Monday Music Mayhem

April 5, 2010

It’s been a couple of crazy busy weeks at work.  Fitting in workouts has been tough, but I managed (mostly).  When you’re too tired to go to the gym, really good music is key.  Here are this week’s tunes:

Jungle Drum — Emiliana Torrini

Never Had to Knock on Wood — Reel Big Fish

Break Your Heart — Taio Cruz

Fireflies — Owl City

Naturally — Selena Gomez

Stress, what stress?

March 17, 2010

Feeling stressed, but don’t have the time or money for a massage?  Just take a deep breath and relax.  Seriously.  According to a new study appearing in Depression and Anxiety (what a name, huh?)  massage is no more effective at reducing anxiety than deep breathing and soothing music.  Granted, the study only surveyed 68 people, but still, it’s worth taking under consideration.  Read more here.

Be Happy and Don’t Worry About Heart Disease

February 19, 2010

The key to living a long and healthy life is to be happy.  No joking!

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, people who were happy and stayed positive were better able to ward off heart disease than those who were more anxious or depressed.

In numbers…being happy meant a 22% lower risk of developing heart disease.

So when work has you worked up, take a breather…it might save your life!  And don’t forget to enjoy the weekend!

SOURCE: Happiness wards off heart disease, study suggests

Words to Live By

December 18, 2009

Holiday stress reaches its peak this weekend.  There’s shopping to finish, cookies to bake, packing and traveling to do.  Try to take a yoga or pilates class to calm those nerves.  Or run a mile as fast as you can…whatever soothes you.  And don’t forget…

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they’re OK, then it’s you.”  —Rita Mae Brown