We had a great show this morning on blogtalkradio.com with Dr. Wayne, The Mango Man. We talked about the importance of getting a good, solid sleep every night as well as taking time during the day to rest. Rest and sleep are two fundamental ways we can help alleviate stress.
Dr. Wayne mentioned a few things related to rest that really struck a chord and deserve to be highlighted. He outlined four different kinds of rest:
A lot of folks think about the first two — getting rested both physically and mentally — but think about those other two categories: getting sensory and emotional rest. Great concepts! We’re all so plugged in all the time. We’ve got a radio on or the TV on, or we’re trying to mediate between arguing children, we’ve got our cell phones or smart phones constantly buzzing to get our attention, we’ve got the Internet — emails, Facebook, Twitter … it goes on and on. Imagine unplugging. Imagine just coming to a stop and removing yourself from all that stuff! Spend a little time on a walk and really live in the moment. Listen to the birds, and watch them fly overhead; watch the way the breeze gently moves the tree branches. How liberating! How refreshing! Just thinking about that can make you feel less stressed.
And emotional stress. Wow! That’s a subject that could easily take up another show. Emotional stress can be incredibly problematic. These stressors can be among the most challenging of our lives. Emotional stress can come as a result of experiences that are very painful, and which can be life altering events: a troubled relationship or family crisis, illness or injury, divorce, loss of a loved one, or even a tough day in the office when nothing seems to go right and the worries about job security in this tight economy come rushing to the surface. Think about re-charging your emotional batteries by spending some time just doing some deep breathing exercises, or meditating and taking a mental trip to a relaxing place, or even getting lost in some of your favorite music. It might be tough to do, to detach like that, but it can be very helpful in getting your equilibrium back.
We’ve got the show archived if you want to listen in at blogtalkradio.com. Dr. Wayne’s incredibly positive and powerful advice is truly a worthwhile way to spend an hour. Trust me on this. You’ll come away with new perspectives, hope and renewed vigor.
Go to blogtalkradio.com and listen in.