We all know the havoc that stress and anxiety can heap on our bodies. Here’s clinical psychologist Dr. Gardere’s prescription for a mental makeover to sidestep stress for better health:
- Pinpoint the cause—Keep a stress journal. Write down the times you’ve been stressed and the associated emotion. Take note of these triggers and make a point to eliminate them from your life. Click here to assess your stress online.
- Control what you can—Turn off the news when it is overwhelming and stop answering emails after dinner-time. Prioritize your to-do list and eliminate the items that belong on someone else’s plate.
- Learn to say “NO”—Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on too much is a sure way to raise stress. Set your limits and stick to them.
- Build healthy habits—Exercise several times a week, eat well, and get the sleep that you need.
Dr. Gardere also suggests Philip Stein wristwatches featuring Natural Frequency Technology (a combination of low frequency waves like those generated by the earth) to improve sleep and reduce stress. The timepieces aren’t cheap—$400 and up—and scientific proof is still inconclusive, but who knows? For some, a good night’s sleep just might be worth the investment.
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