Stress and Smiling
There are many benefits of smiling. Smiling is good for your health as it can actually make you feel happier, reduce stress and help you live a healthier life. Check out these fifteen benefits put together in more detail at Charlie Pulsipher:
- 1 – Lower Heart Rate
- 2 – Reduce Stress
- 3 – Better Mood
- 4 – Increase Productivity
- 5 – Encourage Trust
- 6 – Produce Empathy
- 7 – Avoid Regret
- 8 – Kill Pain
- 9 – Increase Attention
- 10 – Contagious
- 11 – Build Attraction
- 12 – Earn Success
- 13 – Look Younger
- 14 – Longevity
- 15 – Boost Immune System
That is a wonderful list! Better yet, it is not the only list. Inspiyr.com offers 9 benefits of smiling and About Health offers 10 reasons as well. The research is bright and shiny. So this should be a good reminder to offer your teeth to those around you, not only could you make their day, but you will be benefiting yourself also.
Water is so essential to our human bodies. Fortunately a lot of people have already said it for me:
Our bodies are made of mostly water:
Therefore it plays many roles in our body:
If that were not enough….
Some added benefits…
The old myth once was that we need drink 8 8 once glasses of water everyday:
Science is showing that is great if you are about 160 pounds. But that could be too much water for a kid and not enough for someone who is much larger. The new adage is to divide your weight in half in pounds then multiply by .8 then the number will be in ounces.
So maybe an easier number to remember is 40% of your body weight. Here is a nice cheat sheet:
By drinking water you can literally sip stress away, while improving health
Last week, I wrote about the importance of having a “second passion” or hobby in life. Balancing work life with creative life and family life can be challenging. Time management is so important. In order to de-stress, this blog stresses the importance of prioritizing and learning to put the most important things in life in the proper order. So here is a list to summarize on what should be near the top of your list. These are all things the most successful people do but they are also vital for self-care. if a person is not taking care of himself, then they will not ever be successful and productive. Here is a list of priorities to consider for your own personal self-care plan.
1. Make time for family and friends.
3. Pursue a passion.
4. Use your Vacation time to relax.
5. Disconnect from technology periodically.
7. Get enough sleep/Recharge.
8. Plan ahead.
10. Enjoy a hobby.
12. Reflect/ Meditate. Join a religion.
14. Laugh and smile more. Try better posture.
15. Celebrate success.
16. Stay hydrated.
17. Learn to listen better.
18. Eat healthier also enhance diet with anti-oxidants and amino-acids.
19. Learn/Try New Things.
20. Reduce clutter.
Self-care needs to be holistic. So think of all areas of your life: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, financial, recreational, close relationships and more. Here is a nice Self-care checklist from Lucille Zimmerman.
I’ve been studying some stress management techniques. Here recently one of my favorite experts to glean knowledge from is Dr. Daniel Amen. Amen offers several tid bits of applicable knowledge that everyone can use to have a healthy brain and a lot of it we have heard before from our grandmothers, mothers!:
1. Do Regular Physical Exercise
2. Use a helmet when riding a motorcycle, bike or any other ATV
3. Limit toxins to the brain: alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, street drugs
4. Get more than 7 hours of sleep per night
5. Avoid chronic stress as much as possible
6. Learn new things
8. Take multi-vitamins, fish oil, Omega-3s, 5 htp, etc
9. Eat healthy-blueberries, beans, pumpkin squash, salmon, tuna, walnuts, yogurt, spinach, broccoli
10. Drink lots of water
Bonus tip- Imagine that your hands are warm. Yes this sounds different and weird but trust me, when you are in a stressful environment your hands will get cold. If you imagine that your hands are warmer than they really are, then this type of biofeedback actually helps your body! Try it!
I have mentioned several times the importance of resting for self-care and living to our full potential. CEOs, caretakers, pastors and workaholics are dead set in their work ethic. They want to be productive and successful. It is wonderful to be living with such high goals and expectations. Although, this always-on-the-go lifestyle has it’s downfalls too. We were not created to work this way. The Bible offers a lot of examples and principles for a healthy lifestyle.
The truth is that the Bible offers a picture of balance. Rest is important is a principle depicted by even God the Father, who rested on the seventh day after creating the universe. Jesus followed suit on many occasions He “went away” from everyone to be alone with God the Father to fast, rest and pray. While I could continue on in the theological evidence, I want to also mention that more and more studies are providing the same information that I am arguing from a Biblical perspective. On Wednesday, I posted my weekly links post. This theme for these links is napping. Napping helps people to be well-rested and in turn, more productive. Even Google is embracing the importance of well-rested employees, as they provide rest pods for their workers.
Through the Bible there is a theme centering around boundaries and balance. We can be the most productive and the most pleasant when we have proper boundaries in our lives. Work is definitely a high priority and an important one. At times, it can be difficult to put down the phone and spend time with kids. Important meetings and business deals need to get down, yes. But there are other priorities that need to be balanced as well. How are you doing socially? emotionally? physically? sexually? close relationships?
Your job will not satisfy all of your needs.
This why we need rest and we need balance.
I challenge you to rest this week. Even if it is only marked out for one hour every day this week or blocked out for a Friday or Saturday evening. During this time, enjoy God and enjoy other people. Do not entertain thoughts about your job. Also take care of yourself. Exercise or enjoy a hobby. Get ready for the next storm. Life does not stop, but as a human you should stop and rest.