How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress
Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge
Welcome to our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge, we can’t wait to get started. In fact, we ran this challenge last year and felt it was important to remind everyone of the importance of relaxation and stress management. It is also very apt as this week is International Stress Awareness Week and Wednesday the 6th November is National Stress Awareness Day. The International Stress Management Association’s theme for this years International Stress Awareness Week is ‘RESILIENCE – the Power to Succeed!’
Each day we will share a tip or a strategy designed to help you on your journey towards reducing stress and relaxing more. We’re not talking airy-fairy stuff here. These are hands-on, actionable tips and strategies you can use every day to get in the habit of taking control of your day and becoming a happier and more relaxed person. We’ll post here on our website as well as in our Facebook group each day.
We’d like to invite you to join us here daily on our blog, feel free to comment or over in our Facebook group where we’ll talk more about all this. Share your own experiences and what you’ve found helpful on this journey towards resting and relaxing more and kicking stress to the curb.
Day 1 is all about how relaxing more can help reduce stress.
Over the course of the next 30 days, you’ll be seeing a lot of content about relaxing and reducing stress here on our blog and across social media. It’s an important topic and something we’ve given a lot of thought lately. We live in such a busy world where we’re always reachable, constantly bombarded with news updates, email alerts, and of course advertisements. Social media puts us under a lot of pressure to document the perfect life, and in between all that we’re juggling family and career, while paying off student debt and a large mortgage. No wonder we’re more stressed than ever and stress related illnesses are on the rise.
It’s high time to relax more and take a more active approach to stress reduction. We invite you to do just that right along with us over the course of the next 30 days. Each day we’ll have a new tip or idea to share with you on the topic.
Today, let’s look at how making an effort to relax more can help us reduce stress. Feeling stressed is an ancient biochemical process that has served us well over the millennia. It’s a way of quickly putting our body on high alert. It is designed to get us ready for physical activity like running away, or fighting. This has worked well in the distant past, but outside of a sporting event, it doesn’t do us much good these days. We have to find other coping mechanisms and different ways to calm back down and that’s where making an effort to relax more comes in.
Have you ever gone through a period in your life where you drank way too much coffee (or other caffeinated beverage)? At first, a cup of coffee in the morning will wake you up and keep you alert for a couple of hours. Then, as you start to drink more and more throughout the day, it takes larger quantities of coffee to get the same effect. Your body builds up a caffeine tolerance. It works the same with stress. The more often we are stressed, the more adrenaline and other stimulating substances and hormones the body has to dump into our system to get the same reaction. The problem is that being too stressed too often takes its toll on the body. We need to get down to a safer level of stress.
With the coffee addiction, we may choose to drink a more calming herbal tea for a while and greatly cut back on the coffee, or even just slowly work our way down to 3 cups a day. After a while our caffeine tolerance goes back to normal. Stress works the same way. We can down-cycle the hormone release by making an effort to relax more and stress less. Not only will it greatly benefit your overall health, you’ll also feel better without all those extra stimulants coursing through your system 24/7. We hope you join us and give reducing stress by relaxing more of a try over the coming 30 days and beyond.
We’ll see you bright and early tomorrow morning, the 5th of November with Day 2 about the dangers of stress.