Stress -- it's that feeling we know all too well when things get busy at work, you're balancing what feels like a million different tasks at home and you still have to find that time to squeeze in a workout. It can be overwhelming, there's no denying that. The reality is, stress is just a part of life. However, the way we learn to manage stress makes all the difference in how it impacts our health.
In all the bustle of "celebrating Thanksgiving," it's easy to forget everything we have to be thankful for. Not the least of these are the bounty of food, and wonderful people to share it with. A couple of years ago, I discovered the key to gleaning the most from Thanksgiving weekend and in turn, bringing more joy to the table to offer those around me.
That unsettled feeling you or your co-workers have? That feeling of being overwhelmed? It's stress. Stress because you don't have the authority, resources and/or skills and knowledge necessary to meet your responsibilities. Stress that you won't be able to do the things expected of you, that you will have to settle for poor quality work, or that you will let someone down. And this stress can be managed.
There's no need to list all the ways that many public schools can be inhospitable places for students. Not only is there the physical discomfort of sitting for hours each day but there is also the navigating of a range of emotional gauntlets: the whispered comments in the hallways, the judgements about clothes, the betrayal of "friends" on Facebook.
With the change of pace September brings, shopping for school supplies isn't the only way to get ready for the new season. The return to a busy routine and communal environment can take a serious toll on the health and wellness of everyone in the family. To avoid getting sick and to minimize stress, making simple lifestyle changes during the month of September will help you and your kids ease into the back to school routine.
As the CEO of a Product testing company, I'm always on the lookout for products that are as practical as they are stylish (whenever possible) to satisfy both me and my kids. I totally get that spending hours researching what is hot right now might not be an option for most, so I have taken the guesswork out of it I've compiled a list of some of the products I am most excited about for Back-to-School.
My definition of relaxation may not be the same as yours. Right now the peace and quiet is fantastic, but I wouldn't want to relax this way every day. I do enjoy people (I'm a wee bit social as you probably know), so once in a blue moon, I do like to relax by myself and listen to nothing. Other times I like more action in my life and I find that relaxing too.
Once we begin to understand how important breath is to our well being, how we stop breathing when we are stressed, how we breathe fast when we are excited or scared, how we exhale longer when we become relaxed -- once we begin to notice, we can use our breath to influence our mental and physical states.