Stressed Out? Use These Tips To Relieve Your Daily Anxiety

By Paul Larson

MILLBRAE – In a previous edition I submitted a blurb offering helpful health tips geared toward men in their 60’s and up. As a supplement to that article I’m including a number of stress reducing tips, recommended for women, that I discovered at

“Midlife changes can cause stress. Many times stress can be positive by keeping us on our toes, but it can build up in our bodies causing headaches, upset stomach, high blood pressure, chest pain, and sleep problems. For women over 50 the effects of chronic stress are compounded. Your body isn’t as resilient as it once was, so it needs better maintenance — a healthier lifestyle — to repair itself. Face it: It’s time to reduce stress…

How to Reduce Stress and Achieve Emotional Balance:

1.Exercise regularly. Exercise reduces stress, improves mood, and boosts overall health. It also helps you sleep better.

2.Build a support system. For some people, becoming part of a religious community helps reduce stress. For others it may be diving into a swim club, or a sewing circle. But wherever your find them, solid friendships help you feel warmth, security, connection.

3.Keep a positive attitude. Look for silver linings and good news. Make a gratitude list.

4.Let go of negatives. Accept that there are things you cannot control.

5.Be assertive instead of aggressive. Instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive, assert your feelings, opinions, or beliefs.

6.Find ways to relax. Learn to meditate. Try relaxation tapes and CDs. Listen to the great music of classical composers.

7.Develop new interests. Having a sense of adventure can help you reduce stress. Tune in to your dreams. Find things to be passionate about. Find a hobby. Be creative!

8.Get enough rest and sleep. When you’re under stress, your body needs time to recover. Give it the rest it needs.

9.Eat healthy, balanced meals. Your body needs good nutrition to fight the effects of stress. Also, don’t rely on alcohol to quiet your anxiety

10.Volunteer. When you commit yourself to helping others, you find purpose. You take the focus off yourself, but you achieve a feeling of accomplishment.

…Don’t let a harried and hectic world get
the better of you. Make a little time, try a
few of these tips — and reduce stress”.

Wonderful! These tips may seem like common sense, but are great to see in black & white. Let’s all take a deep breath, make simple adjustments to our daily routine and put these tips into practice. Not only for women, but men and every age group should benefit from these life-affirming recommendations…which can be beneficial to those who have to live with us too.

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