Guest Post – Maeve!

I have known Maeve since high school and I’m so glad she offered to do a guest post for me. Her blog is called Moving Pictures; she explores “the spiritual, inspirational, and moral dilemmas in thought provoking films.” Enjoy!

Stress RELIEF!

First, I would like to thank Maggie for allowing me to guest post!  She is such a disciplined and diligent, yet carefree and upbeat blogger, and I truly admire her work.  As you know she writes an amazing blog centering on healthy eating and yoga.   I think these two topics are so important, and are wonderful ways of managing stress which inspired me to write this post on stress relief.

0 intro Guest Post   Maeve!

We all know life is stressful.  When we get stressed we can emotionally eat which can leave us lethargic and even less capable of handling stressful situations.  While eating well and exercising takes planning, it gives back 10 fold because a healthy body can handle stress better.  By reading Maggie’s blog you are well on your way.

However, with the economy the way it is, we could all use some extra stress relief so here are some other ways I deal with stress.  Hopefully they help!

  1. Breathe. Slowly. Deeply. With purpose.

    1 breathe Guest Post   Maeve!This is probably the simplest way to deal with stress which is why I am including it first.  It requires no money, no classes, no equipment – just you and your lungs.  You can just take a moment, wherever you are and focus on your breath.  In. Out. In. Out.  Breathing is the foundation of yoga and meditation practices and there are many exercises one can do with breath for stress relief but just being conscious of your breath and slowing it down is a great start.

  2. Savor a cup of tea.

    2 tea Guest Post   Maeve!I am a big tea drinker, and one thing I love about warm tea is that it’s best enjoyed slowly.  Drinking tea is a great time to pause and reflect, and can have a calming effect.  Herbal teas can also have dietary and medicinal effects.  Ginger, Chamomile, Mint, Lemon, and a myriad of others can be soothing both physically and to the spirit.  Also, keeping hydrated can help alleviate headaches which can be brought up by stress. 

  3. Take a walk.

    3 walk Guest Post   Maeve!Taking a walk can actually help de-stress on multiple levels.   First there is the fact that you are doing something physical, and exercise has many health benefits (not to mention it gets you breathing!).  Secondly, you can pick a scenic route and connect with nature which can help remind you of the beauty in the world and the big picture.  Thirdly, if you are walking alone you can reflect and meditate, or if you are walking with a friend or pet, companionship can also be a stress reliever. 

  4. Write in a journal/diary/blog.

    4 journal Guest Post   Maeve!I am an avid journal writer.  I find sometimes I have thoughts or fears that swim in my head, but if I write them down then they are released.  If it is a bigger issue, writing it down makes it tangible, a problem I can solve.  However, sometimes something seems so big in my head but when I write it down I realize how silly/little/unimportant it is.  Either way it gets out of my head.  My journal is a safe, private space, where I can deal with life’s stresses without fear of being judged.  As for blogs, I do that too.  Blogging is more of a social experience.  My blog is on films, which are another great stress reliever for me.

  5. Read a book/Watch a movie/Listen to a story/Go to a play.

    5 movie Guest Post   Maeve!It does not matter what form a story takes- whether you listen to a friend tell a tall tale, or watch an adventure, or read a great novel from the library- stories can transport you to a different time or place and help you escape for a little bit.  (Not all of us are as lucky as Maggie to actually get to escape on a cruise!)  Of course we would not want to fall into the trap of escapism, but a little break can be just what we need sometimes.  Stories can also help us connect, and learn, and grow, and deal with stress.  They can help us put life in perspective.

  6. Music… oh sweet music.

    6 music Guest Post   Maeve!Music helps the soul to ascend.  While the lyrics can put music in the category of story, I feel it deserves its own spot.   Music is just so powerful.  It can capture mood in such a potent way, and can transform you.  Sometimes when I am down I like to listen to a sad song, and then a really upbeat and happy one, because I both need to know that others feel the way I do, and want to feel better.

  7. Laugh!

    7 laugh Guest Post   Maeve!Laughter has many health benefits.  It boosts the mood and it gets you breathing (it’s all about the breath!) I am lucky in that I have two siblings who are amateur comics.  They can make me laugh in an instant.  I also love watching standup or a comedy. Laughter is such a release, a letting go. There is a reason why laughter has been hailed as the best medicine!

Those are some of the ways I deal with stress, but probably the way I personally deal with stress best is through the spirit, by connecting to God.  I pray and I meditate and I read the Holy Writings.  Not everyone is religious or spiritual, so I did not put that on the list, but I think everything on the list does help people connect with the spirit, or with humanity, or with the world in general.  When we are stressed we feel powerless and small, but all of these methods can help us connect with the world at large and feel more complete, make us feel inspired.

I hope you enjoyed my post. Thanks for reading!

~Maeve

11 Comments on Guest Post – Maeve!

  1. Sagan
    29 March, 2009 at 9:04 am (6 years ago)

    Such good tips, I do these kinds of things all the time for stress relief. Works GREAT!

  2. Making Love In The Kitchen
    29 March, 2009 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    Great great suggestions! I would add two more.

    The first: cook…. slowly. This could be exchanged for any creative endeavor but backing away from the machine we are all hooked on (this here computer) and doing something productive, constructive and creative with our hands is hugely relaxing.

    The second: do nothing. Never feel guilty if you just want to do nothing. Lay on the couch, on the floor, in bed, in a park… and do absolutely nothing. We spend so much time doing that we forget to just be. We are human beings after all.

  3. coco
    29 March, 2009 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    great tips to deal with stress! so useful for each of us!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. VeggieGirl
    29 March, 2009 at 11:04 am (6 years ago)

    As someone who stresses out FAR too easily, these tips are beyond fabulous – thank you so much, Maeve!!

  5. K
    29 March, 2009 at 11:43 am (6 years ago)

    Fabulous suggestions! Laughter really IS the best medicine!

  6. ttfn300
    29 March, 2009 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    it’s amazing what a good laugh (even a smile!) can do :)

  7. Sharon
    29 March, 2009 at 1:57 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome tips!!!!

  8. Pearl
    29 March, 2009 at 4:22 pm (6 years ago)

    what great tips for stress relief! although it’s things that we know we should do, it’s always great to have someone remind you to do them :) thank you!

  9. Christina
    29 March, 2009 at 5:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Great tips! Some seem common sense, but in this fast-paced world it’s easy to forget and overlook them! Thanks for the reminder!

  10. NAOmni
    29 March, 2009 at 6:19 pm (6 years ago)

    That baby picture kills me!

    NAOmni

  11. Maeve
    31 March, 2009 at 9:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I am glad you liked my tips guys :) The encouragement is great. They may be common sense but sometimes it’s so easy to forget the simple pleasures in life.