Four ways to keep stress at bay


As much as we enjoy the emerging flowers and warmer weather of November, the fires and smoke happening around Port Macquarie are leaving us with a feeling of desolation and stress before the festive season. As things settle thanks to the fantastic work our firefighters are doing, it can be hard to regain this sense of calm within us.

Here are a few ways to regain balance before the summer kicks in.

Meditation

Meditation does not have to be about pretzeled legs, chanting, and reaching enlightenment. It can simply be about creating a moment of stillness in your mind as a way to become more relaxed. Just one minute, 60 seconds of meditation, can dramatically improve your mood, your productivity and the quality of your day.

Check out this fantastic free app for helpful guided meditation : Insight Timer

Exercise

It can be tough to make time for exercise when the schedule gets tight and tensions get high. But that's when it becomes even more important. Exercise can relieve the physical symptoms of stress like fatigue, pain, and moodiness. If you can't make time for a daily workout, try to fit a 5-10 minute walk outside into some part of your day. A little goes a long way when you need it.

Make sure the smoke outside isn't too bad before deciding to head out.

Giggle and hum

Both laughter and music can lower the blood pressure. In fact, this study in 2011 showed that 3 months of laughter or music therapy resulted in the same drop in blood pressure that could be achieved with a low-salt diet, losing 10 pounds, or taking a blood-pressure-lowering medication.

So cue up the "Who's on first?" or dance around with your kids while making dinner and work some giggling and humming into your day.

Massage

Regular massage can improve sleep, relieve headaches, reduce muscle pain, and improve moods. Plus, massage feels good. When you feel good, you play more, work more efficiently, and take better care of the people you love.

Schedule a massage now to prepare for a busy (and fun) end of year !

Commit to taking care of yourself this season!

You may be surprised with the results.


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