The title is a line from a Smashing Pumpkins song. On to another weekly blog.
1. Decompress by turning off your cell!
A new study in the journal Marriage and Family reveals that the more you use your cellphone, the more prone you are to stress! Can't give up your cell? No need: Just create a once-a-day "no cellphone" hour.
2. Banish anxiety by puckering up!
When researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine looked at the kissing habits of more than 2,000 couples, they were amazed to find that those who smooched often throughtout the day were 8 times less likely to feel stressed than those who rarely kissed! Kissing leads to the realese of oxytocin, a mood boosting chemical in the brain that plays a role in bonding and creates feelings of well-being and calm all of which lower stress.
3. Create calm by blowing bubbles!
There's a reason, it's a highly effective way to quickly release stress. When we're stressed, we take shallows breaths, which causes our blood vessels to constrict, raising our blood pressure and making us feel more panicky. Taking slow, deep breaths reverses that effect, and that's exactly what you do when you inhale and exhale to blow bubbles.
4. Tame tension by walking faster!
Picking up the pace of your workout just a little- say by taking 115 steps per minute instead of 75- boosts the stress-reducing benefit and makes that benefit last 2 hour longer! The faster the exercise, the bigger the surge of blood flow to the nervous system, which is what gives workouts their tension-relieving effects.
5. Zap worries with classical music!
Next time job stress has you gnashing your teeth, try listening to Vivaldi, Handel, Corelli or Bach! Listening to music composed during the 17th century, or Baroque period, which features 60 beats a minute, can boost your mood, concentrtion, productivty and accuracy! Our heart rate adjusts to the music we're listening to and 60 beats per minute is what your heart rate should be for total body relaxation!
6. Defrazzle nerves by watching tv!
Having a favorite sitcom from your childhood? A movie you watched over and over as a teen? Watching it when you're tense helps relax you almost instantly! Reminders of happy childhood times boost your brain's levels of serotonin. Watching something you enjoyed during more carefree times makes you feel comforted.
1. Real Smart
This one happened few years ago in Switzerland: A man went to a photo shop, had pictures taken, and - while the photographer developed the pictures - he took off with the cash register. Leaving behind, of course, the pictures of himself.
God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day.He inquired of God. "Where have you been?" God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made." Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance." "Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused. God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things," God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice." The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?" "Ah," said God "That's Washington State, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills, plains, and coulees. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and carriers of peace." Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed, "What about balance, God? You said there would be balance." God smiled, "There is another Washington...wait until you see the idiots I put there."
3. Hearing Problems?
A man told his doctor, "I don't think my wife's hearing is as good as it used to be. What should I do?" The doctor replied, "Try this test first. When your wife is at the sink doing dishes, stand fifteen feet behind her and ask her a question. If she doesn't respond, keep moving closer, asking the same question until she hears you." He went home and saw his wife preparing dinner. Standing fifteen feet behind her, he said, "What's for dinner, honey?" Hearing no reply, he moved up to ten feet behind her and repeated the question. Still no reply, so he moved to five feet. Still no answer. Finally he stood directly behind her and said, "Honey, what's for dinner tonight?" "FOR THE FOURTH TIME, I SAID CHICKEN, You'd better get your hearing checked!"
4. Medical Error...
At the outpatient surgery center where I work, the anesthesiologist often chatted with patients before their operations to help them relax. One day he thought he recognized a woman as a co-worker at the VA hospital where he had trained. When the patient confirmed that his hunch was correct, he said, "So, tell me, is the food still as bad there as it used to be?" "Well, I suppose," she replied, "I'm still cooking it."
Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week. :)