5 Easy Stress Reduction Strategies
Stress is a killing people at an alarming rate and we aren’t doing anything about it. I’m not going to draw this post out with a whole lot of background facts and statistics because at times it’s important to just get to the point. Stress is killing us and especially women during their peri-menopause and menopause phase. My mentor “Tony Robbins” puts it, “At times you just eat the fruit and study the root later,” that what this post is going to be about, “Just The Fruit.” So let’s dig into my five favorite ways to reduce stress and bring balance back into the lives of my clients as well as my own life.
As you can see it’s a pretty simple list. I am going to share how I install these simple strategies into my life and the easiest way you can begin to try a few yourself. Let’s start with Yoga which isn’t some radical new idea, but it works. I am no Yogie but I practice them everyday. I do take a class once in a while, I also know how to do some basic yoga workouts on my own, I learn the from my P90X DVD and the exercise channel. I have to be honest, the instructors on the Yoga exercise channel are really attractive so maybe that’s another reason I watch :-).
Yoga really connects a person to their body and where their body is in space. Being connected to your body allows a person to relax and reduce muscle tension. Flexibility challenges is something that millions of women live with everyday and it leads to tight inhibited muscles which cause localized pain in the neck and back. Here’s my recommendation for you to begin Yoga- buy a dvd and begin in your living room or take a lesson at your local fitness center.
The next menopause relief strategy is massage. Everyone should treat themselves to a massage at least once a month if not two or three times. A massage releases muscle tension, improves blood circulation and makes a person feel good. In addition to all that, human touch lowers your internal stress level.
My third favorite menopause relief strategy is meditation. This one is super easy and doesn’t take anything expect a little patience and a quite room. I mediate at least 2-3 times per week for a duration ranging from 2 minutes to 30 minutes. My personal duration factor is based on how I feel. If I’m deep into a meditation session time really doesn’t matter. I teach my clients in my coaching program to start by mediating for two minutes a day and increasing the duration as they become more comfortable with the process.
We’re getting close to my #1 favorite stress reducer but here’s number four which is exercise. This one does piss some experts off. I really don’t care because exercise is a staple in my stress reduction, physical activity is crucial daily. I’ve given clients over 80 simple exercise programs and have seen amazing results. You’re probably asking where should I start? Start by committing to taking a walk 3 times per week. Then add in 15-20 minutes of light strength training with weights. Once you’re ready to kick it up a little more visit our resource page for more exercise program ideas. If you’re seeking a complete fitness solution we have partnered with Workout Engine to bring you the best online program design system on the internet. It’s really simple to fill in your personal details and out comes your personalized four week exercise program. Click here to see how the program works…
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My #1 FAVORITE stress reducer is READING. I love reading and it really doesn’t matter what type of book, but I do prefer business and personal growth books. Reading a positive uplifting books always lifts my spirits, allows me to see how great this world is and how blessed I am to be alive and healthy. One of my all time favorite book is the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. If you’re seeking to connect with your inner soul Eckharts books should be on your must read list.
Wow there you have it my top five stress reducing strategies. I would recommend that you start with one or two and try each for a few weeks. See which work for you and use them as needed. Begin to focus on reducing your stress and your life will be 100 times more fulfilling and enjoyable. I will post more stress reduction methods on the blog but if there is any in particular you have questions about, leave your question in the comment box below this post and AnnaMaria or I will get back to you as soon as possible.We love hearing from our readers and look forward to connecting on facebook and twitter. Lets stay connected and continue to live to our fullest and happy.
Until Next Time Stay Active, Stay Positive, and Embrace your Beauty.
Kris T. Smith, MPT, CNC
“The Menopause Savior”