One of the reasons I love Twitter is that is brings to light the most interesting stories, articles and snippets of weird fodder, and today is no exception.
MSNBC Health has a great article out today about stress and how to beat it. They label the top nine ways as weird, but many to me make perfect sense….with maybe the exception of the green dot:
1. Drink OJ – apparently in lab mice copious amounts helped to stop the secretion of stress hormones. I will be testing this theory out beginning tomorrow.
2. Put a green dot on your phone – apparently it’ s used as a reminder to steady yourself before answering a call. Green means go, good, positive, so I guess there’s something to this theory.
3. Spend quality time with a dog – as a dog owner, I know this to be true.
4. Go to Starbucks with your coworkers – the rule behind this suggestion is that stress hates company. Drink coffee alone, you stay stressed and jittery, but surrounding yourself with others who are stressed helps to lower it.
5. Shake it out – if you’re in a stressful situation, whether it’s on a court or at court, shake out your hands and arms. It relieves tension. I’ll be doing this at my next NBA warmup.
6. Listen to music at work – tried and true. Spotify is my weapon of choice when it comes to soothing the savage stress.
7. Shut up and smile – this one is useful when you’re about to speak to a group of people. Before you begin, take a two-second pause and smile. This helps to calm you down and relaxes your audience, and feeding off their positive energy makes for a stress-free speech.
8. Talk with your hands – in a meeting or interview, keeping your hands relaxed in your lap, fingers touching, helps to keep a conversational tone.
9. Run/bike/swim fast – a University of Missouri at Columbia study discovered that 33 minutes of high-intensity activity, like boxing, biking, or running, helps to lower stress levels much more than working out at a moderate pace.
These are all great tips on how to help reduce stress in your life. One of the things I hear about a lot at my workplace is how stress can affect your health, specifically when it comes to your heart. There is a direct connection between stress and heart disease, and if you have health issues like diabetes or an autoimmune disorder, stress can compound your symptoms and make it difficult to treat your disease.
So while you work on ways to stay healthy this new year, add keeping your stress level low to the list.