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Stressed On Black Friday? Try These

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You all may be braver than I. I do not step foot into the mall from Halloween to New Years. If I do, I usually end up locking myself in a Starbucks bathroom to finish a meltdown. So I thought these tips–”7 Ways to Let Stress Out”–from  Vitality magazine may come in handy. Here they are.


1. Get regular exercise.

People who exercise for 20 or 30 minutes at least 3 times a week can significantly reduce their stress, says the American Council on Exercise. Any form of physical activity works, including walking, cycling, running or playing a team sport, such as soccer or basketball, and even typing really fast at your computer (just kidding).

2. Be mindful of the present.

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully engaged in the present moment. Instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, mindfulness pays attention to what’s happening right now. Sit in a relaxed position and clear your mind. Focus on your breathing, a word or a sound, such as “oommm,” [or even "idiot, idiot, he's an idiot"], for 10 to 20 minutes. It’s helpful to have silence and privacy, but more skilled meditators can do it anywhere. Gently return to your breathing if your attention is drawn to something else. [They wrote the last sentence for me.]

3. Take a deep breath.

This technique is used in many relaxation practices, including yoga, meditation and visualization. Deep breathing involves not only the lungs, but also the abdomen and diaphragm. To perform it, breathe in deeply and slowly to a count of 8, holding your breath with your abdomen extended. Slowly exhale to a count of 8; then repeat for 10 minutes.

4. Pray.

[I was flabbergasted to find this suggestion. Yah! Finally, we can speak of the spiritual in mainstream media!] Saying the rosary, repeating a prayer or chanting a mantra can lower stress and help you feel clam and protected.

5. Live a healthy lifestyle.

Take good care of yourself by getting enough sleep; eating a healthy diet; avoiding excess caffeine, alcohol and tobacco; and not abusing drugs.

6. Practice hatha yoga.

This yoga practice involves stretching and forming different poses while keeping breathing slow and controlled. Yoga helps bring a relaxed state into your daily life. Injuries can occur if yoga is done incorrectly, so it’s best to learn by attentiong classes with a qualified yoga teacher.

7. Go to your happy place.

[Ha! One of my own here!] Guided imagery or visualization involves imaging a scene in which you feel free of tension and stress. Close your eyes and imagine your special place, such as a beach, favorite vacation spot or whatever you like. Picture the scene as clearly as you can, including what you can see, hear, smell and feel.

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posted November 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

Thank you so much…I need to be reminded alot lately!!!

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posted November 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

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posted November 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Like, I prefer to hide from any place “retail” during the holiday madness; but yesterday I went to the dreaded Black Friday. The anxiety leading up to it was reaching for new heights. (Anxiety and depression are my particular demons) Toward the end I was feeling a little proud of myself. I had made sure that I spent ample time in the less populous portions of the store, in order to give my social anxiety a break. My internal sensors were on full alert and anytime my mental defensives walls were threatened, I would slow down, stop and/or maneuverer to a “safer” area.
I was feeling really good toward the end. I had been there for a couple of hours and still was keeping the demons at bay.(Yea!) I’d walked as much as I could with many changes of scenery (?), the thought being that this would disrupt the anxiety and make it harder to take advantage of a moment of constant chaos. I have discovered that doing something, anything to distrub or distrupt the flow of the moment; also has an effect on the anxiety demon. All in all, I felt good until I saw the checkout lines!
My defensive walls started to crack, standing in those long lines would give the anxiety demon its opportunity to break through. I even had a momentary thought of fleeing the store. As my therapist might put it, I managed to get the logic part of my mind to step in.
The plan to check out was shelved and was replaced by a plan to find the sandwich shop. After taking as long as possible to eat a breakfast sandwich, I return to the scenes of the battle. There were just as many check out lines but they were all greatly diminished in length. The new energy in my system was kicking in and I made it through the checkout.
I went to a Black Friday and survived. It turned out to be a difficult but not impossible challenge. I think maybe angels were driving my car home as I have a lot of trouble remembering the trip.

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Joe Gonzalez

posted November 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

Therese, These 7 Steps are just fantabulous ! ( Just like u ! [ that's not a ' pick-up line ', tell ur husband to be at ease ! ] ) Just fantastic ! i’m gonna save ‘em in my ‘ saved mail ‘ and peek at them whenever i need a booster !
Tx a Mil !

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posted November 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

The seven steps shared in here are a great help in stress. Well Yoga and exercise is what everyone should have to schedule in their routine to make life healthy. Glad to be here! Depression Anxiety Panic Attacks

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posted December 10, 2010 at 3:55 am

Tips that you have specified in your post, I must say, is wonderful! Apart from that, I would like to say that people must go for hypnotherapy for getting complete relief form depression. However, the ways that you have listed in the post can prove to be fruitful!

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