cancer, cancer prevention, Stress, stress reduction

STRESS & One Simple Technique to Help You!

Stress will often rear its ugly head in our lives and sometimes on a daily basis. This is definitely something we want to get in check because stress and the stress response really is the number one killer. There is no way around that.

Stress can be defined as a real or a perceived threat to a person’s physiological or psychological well-being. Some of the experiences that people have as a result of stress may include chest pain, exhaustion or lethargy, jaw clenching or teeth grinding, digestive problems and weakened immune systems and more!

Mental symptoms can include anxiety and depression as well.

And stress can definitely be ‘in our heads’ and not just resulting from physiological situations. Our perceptions and attitudes as well as our thoughts play a critical role in our stress response.

There are many things we can do to manage stress and I will write more about this topic in the future, but one of the things that I do that really helps is a very simple technique. Before I share this easy technique, I want to mention that the first step in managing stress is acknowledging it. So even by reading this blog post and looking at those symptoms you are recognizing if you have stress in your life and you are acknowledging it! That is the very most important first step. We want to become tuned in to our own bodies and minds and this is how we micromanage our own self-care because it is indeef THE most important thing of all.

OK, and on to the technique! I discovered this hack on my own and by accident because I’m spending more time in bed as I live and journey with my Stage 4 Incurable Colon Cancer ‘Apparent Diagnosis‘.

In fact, I’ve even been using the technique while I’ve been working on this blog post from my horizontal office AKA my bed.:-) I found myself clenching in my stomach or tightening up and that usually means I’m not breathing properly and I’m becoming tense.

I am aware of this now because I pay attention. So what I do is I just say to myself ‘just sink or just sink in’ or ‘Maggie just sink in.’ And then I seem to take a deeper breath automatically, and I just let my body sink into the bed.

I find that it’s like a reset and that it works like magic for me. And it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting at an office chair or you’re standing at the kitchen sink and you realize that you’re tensing up and your shoulders are tight. Just say to yourself ‘just sink in and let the belly drop, shoulders drop, and then let the body sort of just fall towards your back. And when you do that the breath automatically starts to reregulate.

I hope you try this out and please let me know how this technique works for you. 🙂

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pet health, Pet Therapy, Pets, stress reduction

Cuddle Your Pets

Cuddle Your Pets & Improve Your Health

Show some love to you furry family members by cuddling them as much as possible. And we all know that they LOVE it, but it is super good for OUR health too!

A study in the journal Science found that dog owners, for example, experienced a 300% increase in the calming hormone oxytocin after spending just 30 minutes cuddling, petting or playing with their pooch!!!

Domestic animals have a way of calming us and lowering our stress response.

And it doesn’t matter our age, young or old, this works!

A little girl hugging her doggie

Instead of just walking the dog today, why not make pet time and play a priority and a part of your daily self-care? It seems to me like everybody wins. 🙂

Man having fun and playing with his dog
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