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Published on January 07, 2016

A Well-Being Moment

Woman relaxing - a well-being moment

Woman relaxing - a well-being momentIt’s possible to be stressed and not even know it. Headaches, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and even boredom can all be symptoms of stress (and this is just a short list).

Stress can really do a number on our health. It affects the immune system, can lead to heart disease, depression, hypertension and digestive issues. While there may be no way to avoid stress entirely, we do need to be aware of its effects and take a moment to mitigate those negative effects as much as possible. Slow down, prioritize and try to focus on positive things; these are useful tactics for lowering stress.

Do-It-Yourself Moments of Bliss

Take a few minutes every day to do a mental scan of your body — is it tense, stiff, sore? You can quickly re-energize yourself and reduce the negative impact of stress by just being in the moment and taking a short time-out.

Focus on your breathing: you may find that you are taking short, shallow breaths into your chest instead of healthier long, deep breaths that fill your belly.

Feel your body: start at your feet and move up to the top of your head. Feel each area and release any tension you may find. Feel the shoes on your feet, the clothes on your skin, the chair underneath you. If you become distracted, let the distraction pass and go back to focusing on your body and continue breathing deeply.

Here are a few more easy ways to create a moment of well-being bliss:

  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Go for a walk
  • Take a long, warm bath
  • Savor every bite of your meal
  • Enjoy a sunset or sunrise

A moment of well-being can greatly enhance your health so give yourself one every day.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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