Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
By: Holly L. Roche, MS, LMT, Integrative Therapies
In the 21st century, we all lead fast-paced lives and often have little “down time” to recover from our stress, whether it’s the day-to-day stuff or the big unexpected stuff. Learning to cope with that stress isn’t easy. It takes commitment, and it takes consistency. Stress is thought to play a part in 60-90% of disease, so the time you invest in stress management can have a big payoff in terms of your overall health and happiness. Here are some easy tips to get you started.
- Meditation, prayer or journaling is a great way to spend quiet time with you inner thoughts.
- Try some gentle movement. Walk or stretch gently for a few minutes each day. Wear clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move.
- Choose to keep a positive outlook. Not everything is a disaster! Remember to be grateful for the gifts you have in your life.
- Find time to laugh every day. Surround yourself with the people and experiences that bring you joy. Tell a joke or look at funny videos on the internet. Laughter actually changes your biochemistry in a way that promotes relaxation and health.
- When you need to find calm in the middle of the storm, take a slow, quiet breath and simply pay attention to it. Mindful attention to something we usually do automatically can be deeply relaxing.
- Practice!! Remember, learning to cope with stress takes commitment and repetition - just like going to the gym. Spend just a little time every day learning new habits for coping with stress and soon you will find it easier and easier.
Wentworth-Douglass is offering a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Introdcutory Course on February 16 and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course starting March 1.
For more information, contact Holly Roche, Integrative Therapies, at Holly.Roche@wdhospital.org or (603) 740-2649.