April 23, 2008

Healthy stress-busters

We all get stressed at times and that's very normal.

It's very easy to deal with stress in bad ways - shopping, over-eating, drinking and smoking come to mind.

So how do you deal with that stress in a healthy way?

1. exercise
Exercise is hands-down the best stress-buster there is.

A few weeks ago, I had a horrible drive home. So many traffic lights weren't working and all the taxi drivers were being their usual pushy, obnoxious selves (Jhb guys you know exactly what I'm talking about). Anyway, the result was that I was SOOOO stressed with my neck and shoulders all in knots.

I got home and couldn't face getting back in the car to get to the gym so I put on my gym clothes and went for a walk to clear my head and get some happy hormones going again.

And it worked. It works every time. Something as simple as taking a walk does wonders for stress.

2. sleep
All the health websites recommend that we get enough sleep, which is 7 - 8 hours every day.

I'm great at sleeping if I do say so myself :) but are you getting enough sleep?

3. communication
There is nothing better than picking up the phone and chatting/ venting to a friend when you're stressed.

Don't you feel better after just talking about it?

What are some of the ways you use to combat stress?

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Rachel said...

I love this post. It is so simple, yet so effective. I think exercise is the best way. It gives you time when you're not being bombarded with information or sensations so you can process what's going on in your mind. I find I actually get a better workout when I let out all my stress during it.
While sleep is also crucial, I have a harder time with this. Unfortunately, I get up very early and tend to stay up late, so the only time I get enough sleep is on the weekend. Eventually I'll grow up and go to bed at a reasonable hour. :-)

The Woman said...

Hi to you too!

Nice to meet someone with the same sense of humour – it often says a lot about someone.

*mindi* said...

music. definitely music.

i just listen to music to de-stress, but my husband plays guitar and sings loudly to combat stress or just for a little pick-me-up at the end of a long day.

you could also combine music + dancing to get exercise too :)

Marcia said...

Rachel, can I tell you a secret? I find I lose weight easier (when I'm trying) if I sleep 8 hours a night!

The Woman - HELLO! Fellow South African :)

Mindi - I LOVE singing aloud to music in the car, especially my 80's tunes :)