Some Soothing Thoughts to Take into the Weekend

by DavalosMcCormack on September 26, 2008

It’s been a long week hasn’t it with nothing but grim news about financial meltdowns and declarations that things have not been this bad since the Great Depression. Banks seem to be going belly up all around us and no one seems to be able to agree on what to do. No wonder people are stressing and seeing their blood pressure soaring.

While there isn’t a lot most of us can do about the financial situation, there is plenty you can do to reduce your stress level and get your blood pressure back to normal.

First, take what holistic health guru Andrew Weil calls a “news fast”. Stop listening to non-stop coverage of every issue, problem, fear and frightening piece of news, at least for a day or so. Give your mind a break. Don’t read the newspaper, don’t listen to news on the radio or watch it on TV. After a day or two you can go back to the news but you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it is not to be bombarded with doom and gloom, even for just a few hours.¬†

Second, get out and go for a walk. Just being out in the fresh air, in a park or by the ocean can do wonders for your spirits. The only goal is to clear your head. It’s not about running, or doing a certain distance in a certain time. It’s just about finding some time to talk with a loved one or friend, or just be by yourself.

Third, listen to relaxing music. That may sound silly but a new study out of Seattle University found that listening to relaxation tapes or classical music at least three times a week is a simple way to reduce your blood pressure. You don’t need any special equipment, you don’t need to invest huge amounts of time or money in anything, you just need to sit down, turn on the music, and relax for 10-15 minutes.

Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective.

So turn off the computer, stop reading news about the economy, even stop reading blogs about health, at least until Monday. None of these problems are going to go away in the meantime, but you may find you have a slightly more relaxed attitude about them when you return!

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