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Stress Relievers: Great For Body, Mind And Business

by Susan Morgan on October 18, 2010

As we move toward one of the most stressful seasons of the year, the people here at bigpromotions.net are doing all we can to combat the stress in your life (work or home) with our huge selection of promotional stress relievers. They’re bright… they’re squishy… they’re an unexpected (but hardly unappreciated) way to show customers you understand their stress, and want to help.

It’s important to recognize that stress isn’t just in our heads… it’s a built-in physiological response to a threat. When you’re under stress, your body responds — blood vessels constrict, blood pressure and pulse go up, you breathe faster, your blood is flooded with hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. With constant, regular exposure to this state your body begins to break down… physically and mentally.

Think about this. Doctors tell us stress compounds diseases like heart disease, asthma, diabetes, anxiety and depression, stomach problems, Alzheimer’s… and it can even speed the aging process. Nobody needs that! If all that isn’t bad enough, stress has also been linked in some recent research to a rise in early death risk of 63%.

While all that might have you feeling… well stressed, don’t worry. Research also suggests that stress management will not only have you feeling better, but might bring some solid health benefits as well. As an example, heart attack survivors found that taking a stress management class cut their risks of a second cardiac even by 74%.

Of course, since it’s impossible to remove all the stressors in your life, you’ll need to change how you handle them. Here are four things to try next time stress strikes.

1) Breathe deeply for just a few minutes to calm the physiological response of your body. You can do this anywhere, any time.

2) Focus on the moment, rather than worrying about the future or obsessing over the past, focus on the here and now, what you’re doing right now. Examine details, pay attention to sights, sounds, smells.

3) Reframe the situation, rather than stressing, try to look at the situation in another way… a traffic jam IS stressful, but also gives you some time all to yourself. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at do change.

4) Keep your perspective, and think about the things that you are grateful for the next time you feel stress taking hold. Ask yourself if the reason for your stress will be important in a week, a month, a year.

Venting… so long as its done properly, out of earshot of the source of your stress, is perfectly acceptable too. That’s where our line of stress relievers come in handy — all you do is squeeze the life out of them… and they take it, and come back for more. Even better… the selection is endless. There are promotional stress relievers you can use to work out your game day frustration, or your everyday worries… there’s even a stress ball that includes aromatherapy. There really is something for everyone.

What you’ve learned so far will help in the moment, but there are other things you can do to help yourself manage stress in your life. Regular exercise is key, as exercisers have better moods and more energy than those who don’t. You’ll also want to pay attention to your sleeping habits and be sure that you’re doing all you can to ensure you get the restorative rest your body needs.

Using relaxation techniques like meditation or yoga will also help. It will take a bit of time and practice, but the payoff in terms of short-term mood, long term health and overall peace of mind to managing stress well are truly substantial.

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Susan Morgan
Creative, passionate and detailed, Susan brings 25-plus years professional writing experience to a variety of projects — get-noticed direct mail pieces, full line print catalogs, eye-catching color brochures and totally original. search engine friendly company blogs, web pages and online articles.

A lifelong love of storytelling has also produced a full-length novel (Out of the Ordinary published by booklocker in 2007). Susan continues to indulge her passion for fiction with a growing number of short stories (one an award winner in 2004, another in 2008) and finalizing a second novel.

In her spare time Susan enjoys gardening, studying astrology and tarot, being with family and friends and keeping up with politics and current events.


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