Too Busy to Relax?
When you find your shoulders tightening, your teeth clenching or you just feel tired and listless...STOP! Take two minutes to slow your breathing and breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Focus just on breathing and let everything fade into the background of your mind. Feel your heart rate slow down, feel increased oxygen relax your whole body. This breathing exercise will help you let go of stress and work more effectively.
Fitness is Fun
Are You Wound up Like a Top or Hangin' Loose? Take our Stress Test and Find Out.
Remember how good your last deep, relaxing massage felt or how you almost fall asleep in a hot bubble bath? Does watching or listening to the ocean surf lull you into a state of altered consciousness? I'm describing the state of relaxation. It's the opposite of clenched teeth, stiff neck or lower back, rapid pulse, nervousness, feeling cold or craving sweets. Just reading about these opposite conditions can change the way your mind and body feel.
Have You Notices any of These Changes in the Past 6 Months
A high total score should tell you it's time to do something nice for yourself. Check out some stress reduction activities and learn how to pamper yourself.
This self quiz was adapted from The Search and Rescue Society of British Columbia.
0 - 25 You are Fine. Keep it up!
26 - 35 You need to look at stress reduction activities
36 - 50 You are a candidate for burnout
51 - 65 You are burning out.
over 65 You are in a dangerous situation,
threatening to your physical and