Strategies for Body and Mind When You’re Starting or Leaving a Marriage
Do you ever find yourself in pain? Your body aches in your lower back, your shoulders or other type of discomfort? And have you ever noticed that this may happen more often during times in your life that are stressful? When you have a lot going on, or you are preparing for relocation, changing jobs, planning a wedding or getting divorced.
All of these are life events which cause stress and how we deal with stress can lead to different results. Sometimes it manifests into pain somewhere in the body, other times we are able to “handle” the stress or manage it.
Stress is inevitable.
How does stress affect you? And, what do you do when you are feeling stressed out? Do you resist? Do you simply accept it and tell yourself “this too shall pass.”
I have found myself in different instances, managing stress that I experience in different ways. Sometimes I feel stress when I have a lot on my plate – a very long “to do” or “action” list. However, I often find that when I make a list of what needs to be completed, just that very activity makes me feel so much more at ease and that what needs to be completed, is finite, and I can assign dates or times when each item will be completed.
Other times, I find that I just need to get out and burn off some steam. I go to the gym and run on the treadmill, or go for a long bike ride along my favorite path. And, sometimes just taking some down time and watching a movie or getting my nails done is all that I need.
Recently, I have incorporated massage and acupuncture into my regular routine and I have noticed that this has helped to reduce the stress that I experience in my day-to-day.
I recently interviewed a colleague, Roberta Mittman, L.Ac., a dedicated alternative health care practitioner and licensed acupuncturist and founder of the Park Avenue Center for Wellbeing. She spoke to me about the importance of self care and she shared strategies and tips that she recommends. You can listen to the interview here:
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What types of ways do you manage stress in your life? Share in the comments below.