Getting A Handle On Stress

getting a handle on stressThis poster was published between 1941 and 1945 as part of the Make America Strong campaign. “There’s danger when people tire too easily, when minds are slow to think, when bodies can’t fight disease.” During that time we were deeply immersed in a war, roles had shifted, money was tight, and stress skyrocketed.

What about today?

There are still conflicts in the world, outside and within our homeland boundaries. Costs continue to rise, and well paying jobs are harder to come by. Our food focuses on taste and convenience, not on nutritional value. There is hardly any accountability on food labeling to show us what we’re really paying for.

No wonder we’re stressed!

Getting A Handle On Stress

Stress can be created by thoughts or circumstances on any level: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Physically, by hard work or difficult environmental challenges. By your mind, swimming in the turbulent sea of “what if’s” and “why me”. Emotional stress can occur when you feel unheard, especially when you are not listening to your own emotional communications. Is there such a thing as spiritual stress? What about not living your passions?

Ever hear the expression, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link”?  Any level of stress can deplete your precious minerals, and once that happens you will be more susceptible to stress.

Self Love Tips for Stress Release

  • Water, water: drink clean water, take a shower or detox bath before sleep.
  • Increase your defense system: probiotics support your immune system, magnesium helps just about every physical function.
  • Listen to yourself: take the stance of being your own best friend. When you relive those moments when things just didn’t go your way, try responding with something like this – “Hey, you did the best you could, given the circumstances.”
  • Give yourself a way to release: ever feel that tension of stress, knowing that you have to get it out of your system but tried your best to contain it? Imagine having a lightning rod flowing from you into the earth. Give yourself a reassuring “you’re doing the best you can”, take a deep breath, and let that stress flow down that lightning rod. Take another breath and imagine you’ve just created room to breathe again, and smile.

Getting A Handle On Stress? © 2014 About the author: Ava Saadi writes articles ranging from physical wellness to spiritual awareness, helping to bridging the gap between the two. Learn more about Healing Energy at


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