Stress and disease are
tightly linked. Everyone needs access to as many stress reducers as they can get. Different
organizations have slightly different numbers from various surveys, but one
recent survey reported that 54% of Americans are worried about stress and
another source has indicated that 75% of people have one chronic degenerative
disease and 50% of people have two or more chronic degenerative diseases.
So what’s a person to
do. Many of us don't have a strong toolbox of stress reducers to help us manage this serious challenge.
While it is critically important to build much more complex stress reducers into your long-term wellness plan by making with dramatic changes to your more destructive lifestyle choices, your exercise plan, your attitudes and your food intake; it is also critically important to use as many simple stress reducers as possible in the short-term to turn down the temperature on stress on a day to day basis.
Below is a list of 12 strong stress reducers presented in a poem to help you get a great start.
In our stressed, crazy lives at the start of the day
We feel rushed and burnt out and we live hard this way
Add a simple routine to your morning event
Give a little more time, to your list make a dent.
When you’re stressed and get busy, you tend to forget
All the tasks you must do, on your mem’ry you bet
When your schedule is tight, you can feel oh so bad
A planner can lessen the load just a tad.
When we do things like lie and have tall tales to tell
Then our stress rises up like a bat out of hell
It is better to walk on a straight, narrow path
Being truthful can make you feel calm with no wrath.
You know losing your keys can cause much of your stress
When this happens it feels as though life is a test
It is best to have copies stored out in the yard
And have one in your wallet or you won’t get far
And when line ups are long, a good book fills the void
And a magazine helps you to not get annoyed
It is good to prepare for long waits in your day
Cause then stress will not make all your nerves feel so frayed
And in life you may need a contingency plan
You can feel like your life’s in a big garbage can
When life falls off the track or perhaps you’re delayed
Then a good plan will help you from being dismayed.
Saying no is the key to a life low in stress
People ask all the time and we just acquiesce
So to stop giving in, it is bound’ries we set
And we’re clear than we mean it so then we don’t fret
If you turn off your phone, so much stress you can stop
In this way you don’t feel like a fast spinning top
It can take so much effort to calm down your brain
With no phone, you won't feel like a runaway train
Your sleep is a gift, so don’t squander it so
You must get all 8 hours, or your health takes a blow
When you don’t sleep enough, it makes such a huge mess
Soon disease will take hold, for your health you’ll obsess
Each day you must choose to do what you enjoy
When you do what you love all your stress you destroy
Don’t get all bogged down under mountains of work
This will make you start acting just like a big jerk
Discussing your problems can take out the sting
When life feels too hard living on a shoestring
You can share all your woes with the people you love
And to all of your stress you can give a big shove.
Flexibility reigns as the key to end stress
You must open your mind and work hard to say yes
Getting stuck in your ways brings you nothing but pain
When you learn to adapt you have so much to gain.