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Elmo’s World – Food, Water & Exercise

Elmo’s World – Food, Water & Exercise

Elmo's World - Food, Water & Exercise

  • ELMO’S WORLD-FOOD, WATER, AND EXERCISE! (DVD MOVIE)

Join Elmo as he explores why food, water, and exercise are essential parts of our life! An apple talks about his family tree, Elmo scuba dives to depths unknown, and you can even join in the exercise by groovin’ to the Bunny Hop! With Elmo, your preschooler can learn about foods from around the world, dip into deep water and stay healthy and strong with exercise.

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Eustress-ercise Your Stress Away!

Exercise is a word that wouldn’t be used in a natural state. We would get all the exercise we need and more living naturally. The benefits wouldn’t be benefits they would just be a way of life. Health would be at an optimum level; peace of mind and happiness would be second nature to us. However almost all of us live in the “real world” and are constricted to office/sedentary jobs. We are immersed in the chaos of life and finding time to exercise can prove challenging. It is very important, not just as a stress management activity but for your general health and well-being.exercise-your-stress-away

Getting healthy and enjoy the benefits

Jogging, swimming, yoga, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, playing sports, pilates, dance, and many more choices are yours. Exercise is great for stress relief, mental clarity, and emotional balance. The benefits definitely don’t end there and I feel the benefits received are much more than the effort exerted. Exercising can be fun and it doesn’t have to be hard. Finding or reconnecting with a way to exercise that you enjoy should be a focus of yours if you want all these benefits.

Getting started

In our western culture we want a magic pill to take, the cure all. We want instant gratification and the simple truth is that it’s hard to come by. Continued effort yields great results and a focused mind will bring this to you. Getting into an exercising schedule is the hardest part. Once you are in the groove then it becomes nearly seamless. You just do it. Trying joining a group that exercises, like an intramural sports team or a trail runners group. Find a friend that exercises regularly or wants to start as well. When you miss a workout you feel the difference and want to do it. If you can get over the obstacle of beginning it is easy sailing from there. It will of course still take your effort but it will come so naturally.

Get the most out of it!

Take your exercise to a new level and implement stress relief and stress management techniques into the workout. Meditate as you run to a phrase such as “I am in control of my life” or “stress has no power over me”. Mediate on your breathing, keeping it steady and as deep as possible while exercising, be without thought. Being fit is your choice and it always will be. Find the exercise that will be your most enjoyable stress management activity. Exercising is something nature never intended us to be separate from.  Reconnect with yourself and workout!

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Enjoy Stress Management Activities

When we think of stress management we tend to think of boring hard work. It doesn’t have to be that way. Sure you have to work at it but taking a balanced steady approach to stress management can be rather easy and extremely effective. We should use stress management activities in combination with typical stress management to help with results and to keep things fun and interesting.

What are some stress management activities?enjoy-stress-management-activities

There are many stress management activities. In fact some are activities we already participate in. Exercise of any form is a great stress management activity. In addition to being great for stress it is great for us. It is so easy to slack off and ease into a sedentary lifestyle, however it would behoove us to keep fit. We know how good we feel after we work out and we can link how good we feel, in general, to how much exercise we get.

Deep relaxation is one of the many stress management activities we have available to us. One method is to lay down with peaceful music playing, perhaps relaxing incense burning, and tightening each muscle one at a time. Begin with your feet, tense them up for a few moments and then relax them. Notice how good it feels to relax them. Move on through the entire body. Visualize yourself becoming more and more relaxed. You will be surprised and how much your mind can benefit this process. The more you practice the easier it will come and the deeper you will relax.

Remove clutter!

It feels good to have a clean work area and home. Consider a deep clean of the spaces you spend the most time in. Cleaning can be a bore but if you relax, put on some nice music, and think about how good you will feel when it is done than you can make it enjoyable. Put a twist on it and before you throw something out, break it. This is a nice stress reducer and it can be pretty fun.

Think about the healthy things you enjoy doing and set aside time to do them. Be sure not to do any activity in excess as keeping a balanced life is key to having a healthy level of stress. Enjoy your free time and try to relax and focus on what stress management activity you are doing. The more present in the moment you are the more affective they become. The same is true for all parts of life, living in the moment can unlock beautiful things in your life. So stay focused and relax!

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Reducing Stress by Taking Good Care of Your Body

taking good care of bodyEveryone in this world has the right to be happy and pursue their happiness, and stress can be a major roadblock to that right. Stress can come from many different sources; really it can come from anything that aggravates you or pressures you into doing a difficult or strenuous task. Stress can lead to a multitude of different problems, with depression and decreased productivity as the two biggest problems. In order to regain your happiness and regain that driving force in your life you need to reduce your stress levels, and taking good care of your body is the perfect stress reducer no matter what the situation is.

Helping your self-image and your energy levels

Taking good care of your body directly affects your self-image positively, which puts you in a better mood and gives you that needed confidence to break out of that stressful habit. Exercising, a healthy diet, and just taking care of yourself in general will also increase your energy level and help balance your mind chemically. This will not only help you think clearly, but it will also help you get many more things done in the limit amount of time you have each day. Both your physical and mental health are significantly improved when you decide to live a healthier lifestyle and take care of your body, which is what makes it such a great stress reducer.

Getting started with your new healthy lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle Is fairly simple once you start taking action. Don’t over think it, just stick to the standard basics and you’ll find yourself getting fit and healthy in no time. Here are the healthy lifestyle basic essentials:

  • Nutrition: Probably the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is how you eat. In order for your new lifestyle to act as a stress reducer you need to be eating healthy foods that will fuel your body with all the nutrients it needs to properly function. A 6-meal diet it usually recommended to help speed up your metabolism, which in turn will drastically reduce your body fat percentage as well as give you significantly more energy throughout the day. You can never eat enough fruits and veggies. Try to eat as many whole grains as you can since they are complex carbohydrates which digest slower and leave you full longer. Check out the articles Don’t Ignore What You Eat and Nutrition Advice for a Stress Free Life.
  • Exercise is the second most important aspect; weight lifting is recommended with 10-20 minutes of cardio daily. When starting out stick to standard full body workouts to get your tendons and ligaments accustomed to weight-lifting – from there you can modify your workout plan to meet your specific goals.
  • Dedication: the only way this new healthy lifestyle will work out is if you stick with it. That mean’s stick to your plan and don’t deviate from it, even on the days you’re feeling down and out.
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Five Great Stress Relief Activities

bang-head-on-wallThere are millions of different techniques used by people around the world to relieve their stress.  Including us here at Stress Reducer.  The article is about different types of activities you can take part in to help with stress relief. These activities range from physical to mental and can even seem quirky at times.  But hey, if they work, then get at it!  Here are some of our favorites:

1) Go for a run.  Everybody knows that running or exercising daily, or even just bi-weekly, can be a very effective stress reliever.

2) Go swimming.  This goes along with exercising daily.  But seriously, if you can just get to the public pool or your local university lap pool once a week, you will be doing yourself a favor in so many ways.  Swimming is amazing for your body both for you cardiovascular and for you ming.  Swimming is relaxing and a good hard workout in the pool will leave you smelling like water, not sweat.  Give it a try.

3) Go hit something.  Hey, it can work.  Go out to the woods, grab a big log and whack a tree around a little bit.  Take it out on the dead branches instead of your family and friends.

4) Meditate.  Meditation can have serious mental wellness benefits and is often overlooked as an effective provider of stress relief.  Pick up a book or read one of our articles about meditation and give it a try.  Don’t worry, nobody has to watch, lock yourself in a room if you must.

5) Socialize.  Mingling with your peers is healthy for stress control.  Socializing can help you strengthen your relationships and discover new ones as well.  The more you socialize, the more avenues of decisions are available to you.  This leads to you being in control of your stress because you can take advantage of opportunities that can provide an easier life for yourself and your family.

Those five methods for relieving stress don’t even scratch the surface of all of the ways to reduce your stress.  Do you have a favorite way to reduce stress?  Tell us about it here! We would love to hear your secrets about how you fight back.

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