Rising stress levels are damaging our mental and physical health, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America: Coping with Change survey. Dr. Bradley Nelson has studied, healing, and teaching how emotions from negative life experiences harm health, relationships, and well-being for more than 20 years. He is the author of “The Emotion Code.”
He offers these five easy ways to reduce emotional clutter and stress:
• Find and release “trapped emotions”: Unresolved emotions from negative and traumatic life experiences are responsible for guiding (or misguiding) choices on a daily basis. Becoming aware of and acknowledging feelings that lurk beneath the surface is an important first step. Instructions for identifying and releasing trapped emotions are available for free at www.EmotionCodeGift.com.
• Listen to Your Body (and say “no” when necessary): Don’t volunteer to take on additional tasks if it interferes with your health, family, or stress level—it won’t be worth it.
• Exercise Daily: Look for ways to incorporate more activity into your routine. “Find a way to work exercise into your daily chores,” Dr. Nelson advises. “Challenge yourself to get the whole house cleaned in half the normal time, and you’ll work up a sweat with all the scrubbing and running from room to room.”
• Eat Right: When you go out to eat with friends, come prepared with stories to tell so you’re talking more and—as a result—eating more slowly. Eat your salad first to fill up on live food. Remember your body’s needs and respect them.
• Take a Breather: If you find people you are with make you feel stressed out, go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
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