Friday, September 9, 2011

10 ways to reduce stress and be healthier

This is from my friends at the 700 Club and it ministered to me. I hope it will speak to others and help us take care of ourselves.

10. Reduce Caffeine, drink herbal teas: Caffeine stimulates the production of stress hormones, inhibits immune system function and raises blood pressure. Herbal teas help control blood pressure levels, suppress tumor growth and slow the aging process.

9. Get a massage: A relaxing massage calms the nervous system, lowers heart rate, strengthens the immune system and improves concentration.

8. Eat Right: More protein, more vitamins, less sugar: Protein is essential for robust health. It is the main ingredient in our cells and next to water, comprises most of our skin, hair, eyes, nails and muscle.
Sugar diminishes the body's defense against infection by suppressing the immune system. Sugar consumption can cause depression, indigestion, arthritis, heart disease and asthma. Sugar feeds cancer.

7. Relax & Pamper: A warm (not hot) bubble bath increases circulation and reduces anxiety. Candlelight promotes relaxation and reduces headache irritation.

6. Save some money: Putting money into savings each week or payday builds a sense of security and prepares you for the future. Live within your means and get rid of "debt stress".

5. Early to bed early to rise: Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.

4. Drink Water: Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day to flush toxins and lubricate body systems.

3. Listen to music: Music can lower blood pressure and restore a sense of well-being. Listen to praise songs, especially the Psalms set to music. It could also be beneficial to listen to relaxing music during your candlelit bubble bath.

2. Exercise and stretch: Regular exercise reduces the effects of stress and boosts the immune system. Stretch to loosen tense muscles and reduce stress hormones.

1. Pray and read you Bible: Studies show that praying improves the immune system and adds years to your life. Reading the Bible replaces stress with confidence in God and His faithfulness.

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  1. These are great tips! I really enjoy the 700 Club-

  2. We should all take heed of your list Odie, and life would be much less stressful for us. Enjoy your weekend with Linda and Rocky my friend.

  3. Thank you for this Odie. I do some, but not all of these things, some of but not all of the time. I needed this reminder to try harder to do most of them all of the time :) Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Very good info. I try to follow some of them, but I need some improvement.

  5. Given the hectic pace of modern life, how many people opt for a quick shower rather than a relaxing, leisurely bubble bath? Sometimes you need to make time for things that take time, right? Have a great weekend, Odie!

  6. Great list, I'm happy to say I do nearly all of them. I haven't had caffeine since 1984,I don't like massages, so pass on that, although the occasional shoulder rub from my sweet hubby is always nice. I love a nice relaxing bath. We are fortunate to have a big jetted tub. The saving money thing is tough, because I have to make it first, giggle. I'm always working on ways to have my shops found ( as you know and so generously share with others).I usually go to be about 9:30 and I'm up about 5-5:30. I drink lots of water, I listen to music every day, I stretch, I exercise, I do yoga ( yet I still have 30 lbs to lose, go figure).


  7. oops I forgot the big one, prayer, yes prayer, I pray twice daily sometimes more often. God is good. xo

  8. Great suggestions! And these are nothing new, so you'd think I'd take better care of myself. I love a nice, long, hot bath but it's been so long since the last time I took that time for me that I think my bathtub is dusty.

  9. i love your post odie! i learn a lot. thank you!

  10. These are good reminers. A bath sounds nice.

  11. This is a good list. I know I need to cut back on coffee. And bible reading sometimes makes me feel nervous for some reason. I'm a faithful, spiritual person but it's sometimes intimidating to me. Maybe that's a consequence of growing up with big doses of Catholic guilt.