November 2013

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

The fall season brings shorter nights and busy holiday schedules, which can be stressful. Everyone reacts to stress differently and while baking 100 cupcakes may be stressful to one person, it is bliss for another. Different situations require different coping mechanisms. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends creating successful strategies so you don't sweat the small stuff.
Wrenching Effects of Stress
Richard Blonna, Ed.D, author of Stress Less, Live More says, “Each transaction we’re involved in takes place in a very specific context that’s affected by our health, sleep, psychoactive substances, whether we’ve had breakfast and whether we’re physically fit.” In other words, insufficient sleep and copious cups of coffee can heighten stress, whereas a great workout and a big breakfast will minimize it.
Hammer Out The Stress
Exercise improves physical functioning, provides more energy, builds coping resilience, helps your brain process information and is a basic defense against stress. The Mayo Clinic says exercise nails down the benefits by elevating endorphins, which improve your mood.

Magnify What’s Right
Thinking positive thoughts and focusing on what is right in your world builds confidence, makes your days a lot more fun, and puts you in a better mood. Thinking negatively drains your battery while positive thoughts are energizing. The next time you think, “I have to do the bills” shift gears with, “I get to do the bills.” As you write each check, think about how grateful you are to have the money to pay that bill, buy nice things or provide for your family!

Saw Off The “Should”
Too many commitments leave you feeling overwhelmed and then fun things become stressors. Think about your goals, values and what gives your life meaning. Eliminate obligations from your “should” list and find your sweet spot between boredom and over stimulation. Try to live in that balance while honoring responsibilities that are fulfilling.

Upgrade Downtime
Noticing how you feel when you aren’t doing anything is a good way to measure stress. Do you feel guilty when you don’t do anything, as if you should be ticking something off your to-do list? If so, relax, rebalance and remind your brain what it feels like to be calm.



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