Thursday, 20 September 2007

The Daily Turn On! Relaxation Response

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Life is too short not to be fully "turned on." The Daily Turn On! energizes all aspects of "you." Everyday The Daily Turn On! with That's Fit Life Fit expert Laura Lewis will awaken your mind, your body and your life!

Did you know ... Nine out of ten Americans say they experience some form of stress one to two times per week, and one in four estimates stress happens every day. According to a study by the American Institute of Stress, 75 percent to 90 percent of all doctor visits are somehow related to stress! There are those that seem to let things slide right off their backs, while others might get tense if a line in a grocery store is moving a little too slowly. This is the big difference.

The natural nemesis ... Feelings of anxiety, tension and stress have their roots in the beginning of mankind. If early man was faced with a life-threatening situation, these feelings would allow him to get the heck out of there! If these feelings did not exist, well, maybe man would not have survived. The problem is that modern man has these primitive stress responses in a modern society that does not accommodate a natural reaction or release of these feelings. The analogy of feeling bottled up is so appropriate for many! Some people deal with stress productively, using exercise, creative outlets or just plain zoning out as tools. Others might constantly experience the highs and lows of emotions such as anger and fear. When these feelings are experienced, blood pressure is elevated. This elevation is the number one cause of heart attacks and stroke. Stress can also weaken your immune system. Relaxation techniques help you to have more energy, increase your alertness, and make you less likely to use destructive means of stress release such as drugs, alcohol and other debilitating behaviors.

Meditation, yoga, mental visualizations--these are all proven methods of warding off the mental, physical and spiritual damage caused by stress.

Action Tips:
  • Turn off the TV and read positive books and magazines.
  • Walk the dog; or,
  • Take a walk with your spouse or significant other.
  • Enjoy long, hot showers or baths.
  • Take an evening swim when you come how from work and let the soothing power of water wash over you.
Allow your body to release stress through mentally and emotionally healthy methods. You will look and feel better!
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