Monday, January 11, 2021

Episode 10: Stress Management Basics

Taking the broadest view right now.


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Thanks to AMarshall1023 for the inspiration. Your wisdom is always appreciated!
And Jasmin and Tink!

Stress Management after an Attempted Coup:

I. Radical Acceptance
--goal: if you cannot make it better, don't make it worse
--This may not be your fault, but it is your problem. So you still need to deal with it as calmly as you can manage
--Not coping makes life harder for everyone around you

II. Reality Testing

STOP WATCHING the violence. You may traumatize yourself and others even more.
Use age-appropriate language to talk to your children.

--Biden won the popular vote.
--Most Americans understand this and will abide by it.
--Most Americans do not want violence and want a peaceful life.
--You are most likely a safe distance from the scene of the terrorism.

III. What Can I Do for Stress (excluding political activity)?

Avoid: sugar, alcohol, MJ, inebriating substances in general (caffeine as well)
Reconnect with like-minded people
Breathe deeply. 4-5-8 "Army Breathing": Inhale for 4, Hold for 5, Exhale for 8
Sleep Enough
--Army Breath, Sleep apps (Calm), Breathing apps (Breathe), ambient or nature sounds
Hobbies that reduce Stress:
--Good: journal, draw, color
--Best: Knit, Crochet, Spin. play musical instrument

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