(CARLSBAD, CA) – Got stress? Seems like an obvious question, doesn’t it? After all, in the 21st Century, doesn’t everyone have stress?
Time magazine called stress “the epidemic of the eighties” in its June 6, 1983, issue. And while the 1980s have come and gone, the widespread stress epidemic has only increased in severity. Up to 75 percent of Americans currently feel that they have more stress than 10 or 20 years ago.
The problem is that stress doesn’t just affect your mental and emotional well-being. Research from Loma Linda University in California shows that chronic stress produces a negative affect on your physical health, making you more vulnerable to disease.
But, don’t lose heart. The case against stress isn’t entirely lost. Make a few changes in your daily habits, and you may just find that stress is a part of your past, not your future.
Play that funky music. Fast tunes can cheer you up when you’re feeling low, and the slow beat of relaxing tunes can actually cause your brain waves to keep time, say researchers from Stanford University. So, bring your mp3 while you wait in line at the dry cleaners or plug it into your car radio while stuck in traffic.
Shake your booty. Just one-half hour of exercise can help your body to release exercise-induced endorphins, feel-good chemicals that help you forget your daily stress. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests finding a cardiovascular activity that you enjoy, whether it be walking, running, cycling, or dancing.
Write it down. Keep a journal. Scroll down your worries, so that you can get them out in a healthy way, then look at them logically. If your worries are keeping you up at night, write them down on a notepad, then resolve not to think about them again until you review your notes the next day.
Get a support group. Whether it’s an official support group or a casual gathering of friends, there is no substitute for getting another person’s perspective on a situation. Brainstorm solutions to your stressful problems with your support buddies. Or if all else fails, just ask your pals to listen to you vent.
Change your thinking. What’s your definition of success? Does it involve 80-hour workweeks to climb the corporate ladder while being supermom at the same time? If so, it may be time to re-evaluate what it really means to be successful. Perhaps the truly successful person is the one who takes a day to herself and doesn’t feel guilty about it!
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.