Angry? Stressed? Smile and Breathe.
Are you angry or are you just stressed? Lately it feels that many people are so angry. From the clerk at the store to the people driving on the road next to you. You read it in the papers everyday, people mad at some body for something that they didn’t like. We are a busy bunch of people. Our days are long and we have so much on our plates and sometimes all of this stress manifests itself as anger.
Stress crumbles your body’s immune system and makes you look older than your age. It can bring about negative physical changes and it also stress affects your biochemical state with extra adrenal steroids in the blood stream. Frequent headaches, anxiety, frequent mood swings, sadness, anger, frustration and depression are some of the most common effects of stress. Stress and anger affect your overall health and may cause serious physical and mental health problems in long run.
So what is a person to do? Take a breather. Literally, take a breath. When you feel yourself stressing out, notice it, acknowledge it, don’t judge it and take a long inhale followed by an even longer exhale. Do this two or three times until you begin to relax. (For those of you who just thought yeah right, I don’t have time to stop and breathe, you better make time to stop and breathe because if God allotted you only so many breaths, you better quit breathing so fast before you run out. Just a thought!) Another thing you can do, SMILE. Smiling can change your mood instantly and best of all it is contagious. I guarantee you that if you smile at someone, they will smile back. It is our natural response. And if the person you smiled at smiles, guess what? That person’s day just got a little brighter too! “Smile and Breathe” Make it your mantra and see what happens