These beautiful roses were given to me yesterday by a new friend who picked them from her garden. The mere sight of them makes me smile!
The two concepts discussed today for stress management are EVALUATE and “NOTICE.”
Evaluate what? Hydration. When your body is under stress, you produce more cortisol, a “cousin” to adrenaline, that is in excess supply. Cortisol is good for you only to a point when you are stressed. During times of normal stress, this hormone helps you feel more efficient and productive. If you are overstressed, however, this hormone works against you when you’ve got too much on your proverbial plate.
Neuroscience now postulates that during water during times of stress is beneficial in lowering your cortisol levels. Whether under excess stress or not, drink. Constantly. And how much? Let’s just say…. until things are “cleared” up, if you catch my drift. Furthermore, staying properly hydrated prevents a whole host of other health concerns. Another benefit of drinking water is to “DRINK THIS, NOT EAT THAT” when you think you’re hungry. Chances are, your body is screaming for water, not food.
How can you begin the process of habitually drinking more water?
Are you too busy to stop and pay attention to what’s going on in the moment? Does it pass you by? Or do you pass it by? This could be anything of valuable, intangible importance: people, pets or animals, music, sunsets, birds chirping, the sound of ocean waves?
Be mindful of daily “miracles” – those things you take for granted that lighten your spirit. These things make your “Mind Full” and help you stay present focused rather than future focused. Our American culture works against this. Go to Europe or another country. Observe how they do life. Meals are long, and fellowship equally so. The aroma, sights, and sounds are absorbed and assimilated into everyday living. God gave us senses to enjoy all that He has placed around us every single day.
How can you begin the process of habitually noticing what’s going on in your moments during the day?
Fill up on water and daily “miracles.” When you do so, your gratitude for everyday occurrences will start to bloom.
Meanwhile, I’m taking time to “smell the roses” from my new friend.
This is Hope Unveiled!