It has been a BUSY month at the Treehouse, and in honor of National Mental Health Awareness month, we decided to focus our blog this month on stress relief and ways to go from glum to havin' fun!
Everyone struggles to balance all the demands of life, & we all find ways to "keep on truckin' through"...
what are some of YOUR favorite ways to stay happy and focused?
For me, I loveloveLOVE to listen to music! It usually picks me up when I'm crawlin' on the floor and gets me up and spinnin' my web in NO time. So let's have fun -- we will have some guests playing "DJ" this month to add their OWN favorite songs & music videos to the WebSpider Jukebox series (put YOURS in the comments/email and we'll post it!), but for now, this one *always* gets my legs jumpin'! So here ya go, "Don't Stop Me Now," by Queen :D --- Love, WebSpider
Too much stress is bad for your heart. When pressures at work or pressures at home are getting to you, try and find ways to relax your body and mind. Some people find yoga very good for relieving stress, and it's also a physical activity that is good for your heart. Meditation can also be very helpful - even if it's just ten minutes of sitting quietly, relaxed, with your eyes closed.
To try and reduce stressful elements in your life, watch out for negative thinking and stimulus - either from those around you or from yourself (instead of thinking "No one will help me and I'm so overwhelmed," think "Who can I ask for help, or at least to listen while I unload my thoughts?").
If you feel like there are just too many things you have to do or keep track of, write them all down, and write down how long you think each item will take. If an item on the list is especially complicated, break it down into smaller portions and address each portion individually.
And - here's the best part - whenever you've completed an item on your list, or eliminated a stressful element from your life, reward yourself. Listen to a song you like, have a (heart-healthy) snack, give your cat a big squishy hug, or play a silly game on your smartphone. And then - get back to work!
But above all, remember -
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