Summer is here, and the kids are out of school. It's the time of year to just sit back and relax. The last thing we need is to be stressed over are the events in Orlando, Dallas and now Nice. The 24-hour news cycle can keep us glued to our TV sets if we're not careful.
I was recently at a Compassionate Friends National Conference where a friend came up and said he read an article I had written about dealing with stress in traumatic times. The major suggestion that helped him was the idea of taking a news break. He had been watching the news two or three hours a day and has now cut down to one hour. Given the state of the world and the fact that the national political conventions could trigger demonstrations and protests I thought this might be a good time for me to take a news break.
Below I am offering some simple tips I use to reduce my stress.
- Walk -- According to the Harvard University Gazette, Oct. 8, 1998, 30 minutes of walking, five days a week could decrease your risk of stroke by a quarter while walking 60 minutes five days a week, can cut your risk of having a stroke almost in half. A study by Holden, 2012 found that walking just 10 minutes a day can make you feel better even two hours later.
Simple ideas yes, but they work.