Distracted, unfocused, preoccupied?

Overwhelmed

I may have just described 50% of us! Distractions and information overload are a double whammy. Distractions are particularly deadly when they creep into your driving time. And, information overload causes distraction from what is truly important in the moment…whether that is driving or working or life. Both can be deadly; both cause stress.

This week, make it your goal to take back your mind! Practice living in the present; tune in and focus. Try “living in the moment” at least once a day. It takes time and practice but your health and wellness are so worth it!

Share your tips on how you manage distractions – especially technology overload.

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Got stress?

I know what you’re thinking – who doesn’t have stress? It’s a fact of life. True, but there are lots of things you can do to manage chronic daily stress. And, there are many reasons beyond headaches and ragged relationships to pay attention to your stress level. The biggest reason – it affects your health. Stress can cause your immune system to falter, it can play havoc with your blood pressure and heart rate, your digestive system can go crazy and your appetite can go whacky. When stress levels are high, creativity goes out the door and options don’t seem to exist. One of the biggest downsides to stress – it ages you! Who needs that? So get on it! Visit the Stress Center for coping resources. Try some natural relaxation techniques to chill out. Only have 5 minutes? That’s okay – try these ideas.

Quick tips to keep your stress in check:

  • Meditate – it’s a mini vacation!
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Practice yoga
  • Spend time with positive people
  • Connect – get (or give) a hug!
  • Get up and move – stretch it out
  • Get some sunlight
  • Take a nap
  • Change your environment – take a 5 minute walk
  • Read a book
  • Take a day trip

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How to play? Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com If you are not already registered, go to the column on the right. Click on “register” to get started. Make a coment on this blog post by answering the question, “What have you found most helpful to manage your stress?”. Winners will be posted on the Health Matters Stress Center webpage on 8/14/14. Join the conversation – this is a great way to share ideas!

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Put a little heart in your day.

Heart Health

There are many day-to-day things I take for granted. My heart is one of them. I met my heart last summer during an echocardiogram. I was amazed. I could see it and hear it. I watched the blood flow in and out. It was a bit like meeting a best friend, but a friend I had ignored for some time. That afternoon I took my heart to the gym. We “talked” in the car on the way over about stress and nutrition – and mostly about the “e” word – exercise. I vowed to pay more attention, and I have. So, how’s your relationship with your heart? It’s American Heart Month and a perfect time to renew that friendship. You can start by using some of the great tips on Heart Health.  Attend one of the heart health workshops this month. Get your cholesterol checked. Don’t just sit there; put a little heart in your day. February is a good month to re-kindle your friendsship with your heart.

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Balance and Simplifying

Believe it or not, the life you choose to live is your choice. That feels a little harsh, but it’s true. Most of us struggle with the challenge of balancing work and a personal life. But the choice is always yours. We don’t necessarily have control over our hours at work, but we do have choices about our personal lives. Have you slowed down enough lately to consider what brings joy into your life? What brings you balance and creates a sense of well-being and happiness? If you can’t quickly answer those questions, perhaps you need to spend some time on you. Register for the Life Balance and Simplifying Seminar on October 9th. It will be a great way to de-stress and re-focus.

What tips can you share to balance and simplify life in the middle of all the day-to-day madness?

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