Reducing Stress

In this 24/7, hurry-up world, stress affects us all to some degree.  Excessive stress can lead to a variety of medical problems: headaches, anxiety, peptic ulcers, cardiovascular disease and irritable bowel syndrome to name but a few.  Whatever we do to mitigate stress is sure to be beneficial and the following are my personal recommendations.

If you face a number of problems or duties that need to be addressed, take on only one per day.  Avoid cable news, talk radio and social media; obtain your news from calm, reliable sources (I suggest NPR or the New York Times) and check your email no more than twice each day.  Read books, paint, exercise and play or listen to music (easily mingled with household chores).

Finally, get outside as much as possible and walk through natural areas, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells that nature offers.  She is, in my opinion, the best antidote to stress.