Excerpt from Eat Sleep Meditate a Nurseโ€™s Guide to Health.

Marva Riley, RN Author

๐Ÿ“šPages 28-29

โ€Why minimum stress level?

There has been so much talk about stress in recent years that I think that most people know by now how detrimental stress is to our overall health. Stress is unavoidable, that we know. The trick is to minimize the amount, minimize the level of stress.

I have heard it said that most heart attacks happen Monday mornings when folks are heading back to work after a short weekend off. That I do understand. I used to get anxious when returning to work after my days off until I realized the negative effects this was having on my mental, emotional, and physical health.ย  This awareness helped me to learn to minimize the effects of stressors in my life.

๐Ÿ“šExcessive stress can lead to

  • low immunity
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • fear
  • irritability
  • inability to sleep
  • headaches
  • trouble focusing and concentrating
  • heart diseases like hypertension, palpitations, risk of a heart attack
  • breathing problems
  • hormonal imbalances
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • weight loss or weight gain
  • irregular blood sugar
  • overeating or under-eating
  • eating unhealthy junk foods
  • body pains
  • tension
  • fertility issues.
  • Excess stress also makes us look older and ages us. The list goes on.

๐Ÿ“ŒWe all get stressed out at times. That’s to be expected. So much going on all the time. So many people clamoring for our attention. It’s maddening. Stop! Take your time back. Say no! Learn to prioritize. Learn to relax and take time for yourself. Find a hobby, something you love and enjoy doing. Gardening, a sport, taking walks or going for a jog. Join the gym. ๐Ÿ“ŒRead, join a book club.

๐Ÿ“ŒSpend time by yourself daily. Be still. You don’t have to be busy all the time. Learn to chill. Have a routine. Go to bed at about the same time and wake up at about the same time. Have a winding-down time at night before going to sleep. This winding-down time should be quiet by yourself not in front of a television, Internet, phone, or any other device. Read something light and fun before going to sleep. Write 10 things for which you are grateful in your journal during this winding-down time.โ€