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Stress Awareness Tip #8

Eastern cultures have begun to infuse and integrate into North American culture and with this infusion came some wonderful practices such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. All are practices that have been shown to help with stress reduction. Please note, always consult a doctor before beginning any exercise or practice. Yoga Yoga is based on the idea that the body and mind are one. The word yoga in general terms means to yoke […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #7

The tip for today is near and dear to my heart, dance/movement! For many hearing the word dance creates anxiety or stress. Dance doesn’t have to mean ballet, tap, jazz, or any other particular style of dance. Dance or movement is more about just moving rather than picking a particular style of dance. With benefits such as the ones listed below, why not give dancing a try. May help boost memory Increases flexibility and strength […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #6

Many of us are so good at finding compassion and empathy for others. However, sometimes bringing compassion for one’s self is challenging. Today’s stress awareness tip is about self-compassion. We can be so hard on ourselves which only adds to our stress. Being in a stressful situation is hard enough, but then add on top of it our judgements about ourselves and a stressful situation has just magnified. Let’s start by looking at what self-compassion […]

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Stress Awareness #5

Social connection/support is another way to help with stress. With social support, that doesn’t necessarily mean needing a large network. It can any size that suits you. Now with this tip, it may be important to know whether you are an introvert or extravert and how that plays a role in designing your own social support. The benefits of having a social support network extend beyond stress reducing: A sense of social and emotional support […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #4

Practicing gratitude or thankfulness is the focus of today’s tip. As kids we are taught to say please and thank you. Well now we can use something that we were taught as kids to help us with stress. The practice of gratitude can be a fun and rewarding way to help bust stress and shift perspective. Plus there are more benefits to gratitude than just stress reduction. Here are just a few: Helps cope with […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #3

As strange as it sounds, laughter is a fantastic way to relieve stress. I don’t know about you all, but I love to laugh. Laughter is something we are naturally able to do and can access anywhere at no cost. Not only does laughter have short term benefits but long term benefits as well. Here are just a few short term benefits: Lightens your mental load Brings oxygen-rich air Stimulates heart, lungs, and other muscles […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #2

Virtually any exercise can be a fantastic stress reliever! With so many different ways and kinds of exercise, there is something for everyone depending on what you like to do. Before starting any exercise plan make sure to consult your doctor. The benefits of exercise are numerous especially when looking at how exercise helps with stress. Here are just a few: An increase in production of endorphins, the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters It allows us to […]

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Stress Awareness Tip #1

Meditation has been researched and touted as a fantastic way to help with stress. It can be done any where and at no cost to you! The process of meditation involves focusing your attention and quieting your thoughts. There are many benefits to meditation. A few are mentioned below but are not limited to just these: Development of a possible new perspective on stressful situations Stress management skills and stress reduction An Increase in self-awareness […]

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Stress Awareness

Holiday time can bring with it so much fun. It is also has the potential to bring some stress with it as well. So why not take some time to pay attention to our stress levels and focus on learning how to cope with stress and bring some more self care into our daily lives that will last past the holiday time. Children will also benefit as they will learn more about reducing stress by watching […]

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Gratitude Practice – Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness Random acts of kindness can be done at any time and part of the fun with this practice is that it has the potential to really surprise people. Kindness is contagious and even if we don’t ever see where the kindness spreads we can rest assured that it will spread. Pick someone you know and someone you don’t know and pass on some kindness. Not only will this person benefit but […]

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