Stress Keeping You Up At Night?
The other day while riding the stationary bike at the gym, literally getting nowhere fast, I was reading an article about how to reduce stress. Conveniently I was multi-tasking because the pile of health and fitness magazines that were stacking up on my desk were starting to stress me out. I chuckled to myself.
Whenever I read something about stress it only makes me laugh because it tends to produce more stress, since stress is never beneficial or healthy. I’ve never read an article that highlights the benefits of stress and how it improves your life. But a little side note in this article was helpful.
It suggested that if you don’t sleep well at night and if you wake up at 3am it has a lot to do with our cultural lifestyle. According to a 2007 study, 80-percent of women don’t sleep well due to stress. And it’s because of how busy we are. We have a culture that advocates staying busy. Hartford just got listed as the most productive city in the nation. You don’t get that kicking back in a lounge chair. We’re so busy multitasking that when we lie down at night our brain can’t stop processing everything it was taking in. We can’t just be still.
The article suggested that you chop anything from your calendar that isn’t mandatory. (Yeah, good luck with that one.) But is also suggested making time for just a 10-minute, gadget-free walk—very doable. Also, it suggested once in a while eating lunch alone in the sun—also doable.