Monthly Resources – April 2023
Published March 23, 2023
Seven Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship With Stress
Drawn from a new book, The Stress Prescription, by health psychologist and researcher Elissa Epel, Jill Suttie’s article Seven Ways to Have a Healthier Relationship With Stress was published by Greater Good Magazine on February 15, 2023.
A few of these seven strategies may be fresh and new to you.
- Loosen expectations
- Mindful meditation may help
Don’t fret about what you can’t control
Harness your body’s stress response to meet challenges
- Adopt a welcoming attitude toward your stress response
- Use statements such as “I appreciate this feeling,” when noticing your stress response.
Train your cells to metabolize stress better
- Employ high intensity interval training (HIIT) if possible for benign stressors
- A cold shower may serve as a short-term benign stressor
- A sauna also may serve a short-term benign stressor
- Use nature to recalibrate yourself
- Practice deep rest
- Deep breathing
Find moments of joy in your life
According to Suttie, Epel also explains in her new book:
- how stress affects the cells of our bodies
- how constant alertness causes less effective responses to stressors
- how stress is useful and should not be avoided entirely.
To access the source article, click here.