Get to the Heart of Stress!

April is National Stress Awareness Month! Yes – there is a month dedicated to this! I am willing to bet you are already aware of the stress in your own life without any outside help. Here are some statistics from the American Psychological Association in 2012:

69% of U.S. adults surveyed said their stress had increased during the previous year.

33% of U.S. adults said that they never discuss ways to manage stress with their health care providers.

While overall stress declined from 5.2 on a 10-point scale in 2011 to 4.9 in 2012, 35% said their stress increased in the last year, with 20% reporting extreme stress levels of 8, 9 or 10.

Where stress used to be a problem only after some major life crisis, like divorce or death, in the past, in today’s fast-paced world, it has become much more persistent and pervasive.

Stress is your body telling you that you are out of balance. All too many people just accept this as being normal life and believe there is nothing they can do about it. That isn’t the case, thankfully. There are definitely some very effective ways to help yourself manage the stresses we all face.

In a series of posts (beginning with this post back in November, 2012) I shared how I dealt with stress by using The Healing Codes. In all honestly – I still do them every morning and have found some wonderful physical and emotional healing.

Another excellent resource is the Institute of HeartMath. They have some unique and very effective things you can learn to do easily to manage stress effectively. They offer several strategies here for free! All of their strategies begin with heart-focused breathing. We are told in scripture to guard our heart because out of it flow the issues of life – this makes perfect sense to me!

Do you have a favorite way to manage stress?

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4 Responses to Get to the Heart of Stress!

  1. Ann,

    It’s no wonder April is stress month — it’s tax month! Thank God mine are done. I did a post about the 3 S’s of Stress Relief – Stop, Stretch, Sing (or Say) and I use all three. I generally just stop what I’m doing for a few minutes. I also like frequent exercise — stretching, one minute of jumping jacks or running in place. I will sometimes sing, but it’s not the norm for me since I am not a good singer. Of course I journal/pray which is similar to your “Confess” in the 3C’s.

    Have a Victorious Day!

  2. I need periods of rest and breaking away from the grind of life to keep stress at bay. Being active in exercise helps as well. I’ve read all the Healing Codes information available, but have not been consistent with doing the Healing Codes each day and still have to get my wife on board with that as well. Thinking about it, just taking the time to do them is like a rest and meditation period for me, which is exactly what I need each day anyways!

    Is this just part of your morning routine only, or do you do throughout the day as well?

    • amusico says:

      It is part of my morning routine Michael and that’s exactly how I feel about it – it feels like a bit of meditation time to align with the Lord and get myself ready for the day. I agree that exercise and rest and rebooting are great ways to short circuit stress.

      On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 7:19 AM, 3-D Vitality

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