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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Where’s Your "Happy Place"?

 By: Dr. Danielle Morgan


Stress Management

Have you identified a place you can go to in your mind to reduce stress and relax your body?

Let’s face it, given the state of the global economy, joblessness rates, declining home values, troubled teens, deadlines and debt, why wouldn’t you feel stressed out? And that’s only a partial list of what many of us experience on a daily basis.

Stress is all around us and it is one of the leading causes of illness and even death. It wears us down and takes its toll, often leaving us tired, irritable, depressed and ill.

So…do you have a happy place? You know, a "happy place," a place in your mind where you can just get away from it all and relax, meditate, or leave on a short trip to de-stress when life sometimes just gets too overwhelming.

Here are a few suggestions for to help you find your own special "happy place":

• Where’s a place where you would feel really comfortable? The beach? Out on a sailboat? Imagining yourself with a mentor or loved one? Walking through a field of beautiful wild flowers, with the sun shining brightly?

• Find a place where you can relax your mind and your body. A place where you are alone and away from the hustle and bustle of work or chores. A peaceful place – maybe a lounge chair, a park bench, your bathtub, or your bed.

• Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe deeply in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth. Push all thoughts out of your head and just concentrate on your breathing.

• Now, think about your happy place. Where is it? Who is with you? Listen to the sounds and sense the smells and feelings of all that is going on around you. Can you feel your body starting to relax?

• Stay there for a while and soak in the calm and the relaxation that will allow you to return to the world, refreshed and renewed.

You don’t need a map to get to your happy place; you only need the willingness and the desire to take some time for yourself to unwind and leave your stress behind, if only for a few minutes.

And keep in mind too that spinal care helps relieve the effects of stress on your body. Sometimes it takes years of stress build up to manifest itself in disease; we can help keep your "engine" up and running through "routine maintenance" in our "body shop"! Make it a point to come in to see us soon for your regular check up. Don’t allow stress to take years off your life!

Author: Dr. Danielle Morgan

Dr. Danielle Morgan is a St. Albans Wellness Expert. She can help you with your back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc.

Contact the Author: 01727 869 929

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Need to start finding my own happy place.