Make time for your mental healthPosted on Mar 17th 2008 10:39PM by Chris Sparling
These days, it seems almost un-American to not be stressed. It's not that we want to be mentally and emotionally fried all the time, it just ends up happening anyway. Methods of battling back against these unwanted feelings frequently involve time commitments (i.e. joining a yoga class, meditating, exercising, speaking with a therapist, etc.), which can itself lead to more stress. Because, time? Who has any of that to spare?
Find some time. Make some time, if need be.
Really take a hard look at your daily and weekly schedule and eliminate anything that is not absolutely necessary and replace it with an activity (or inactivity) that will allow you to chill out for a little while. Research has shown that short naps taken during the day, for example, can have a profoundly positive affect on your health, stress levels notwithstanding. The same has been shown in studies on regularly performed meditation.
Do whatever you have to in order to stress less. Your body will thank you for it.