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minutes. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck, upper chest, and back muscles. Remove the wrap, and use a tennis ball or foam roller to massage away tension.
“Place the ball between your back and the wall. Lean into the ball, and hold gentle pressure for up to 15 seconds. Then move the ball to another spot, and apply pres- sure,” says Cathy Benninger, a nurse prac- titioner and assistant professor at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
6. Meditate - A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Rob- bie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach.
It's simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting – out loud or silently – a positive thought such as, “I feel at peace” or, “Today is good day.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the thought with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.
7. Crank Up the Tunes - Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxi- ety. “Create a playlist of songs or nature
sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or sing- ers in the piece,” Benninger says. You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes – or singing at the top of your lungs!
8. Get Moving - All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs.
9. Reach Out - Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others – preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what's going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.
“Being grateful for your blessings can- cels out negative thoughts and worries,” says Joni Emmerling, a wellness coach.
10. Be Grateful - Keep a gratitude jour- nal or several to help you remember all the things that are good in your life. I’ve started one that has five years in it at the same
time. It brings a smile to my face to read what happened the same day a year ago. Use these journals to savor good experi- ences like a child’s smile, a sunshine-filled day, and good health. Don’t forget to celebrate accomplishments like mastering a new task at work or a new hobby.
When you start feeling stressed, spend a few minutes looking through your notes to remind yourself what really matters.
Remember developing new skills, or even a habit takes time, so please be willing to commit some time to it. You might find that you will need to plan time to relax, especially when caregiving. Take advantage of nap times, travel time, or even look for reasons to laugh while caregiving. If one technique doesn’t work for you then try another one. You might find that several
are helpful for you. Share what you learn with others; it may be helpful to them too. If none of these techniques seem to work, consider talking with your doctor for other solutions. Others may take more time such as massage, yoga, or even art therapy but if they work both you and your loved one will benefit. Don’t let your stress build so that you become ill and are no longer available to help the person that is so very important to you.
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