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Lower Stress for Lower Claims and a Better Quality of Life!

Author: Venus Dean-Bullinger    Posted: June 22, 2015

Being an Employee Benefits Consultant means trying to mitigate cost and save our clients unneeded doctor’s visits is part of our job.

Well, I have been stressed lately and went online to find easy ways that I could control some of those stressful symptoms.  Here are just a few of the things I found that I would like to share with all of you:

  1. Take a Load Off:

Simply elevate your feet above your heart. This redirects blood flow, which has a calming effect much like that of inversions in yoga. Except here you don’t have to be

  1. Chew on Pumpkin Seeds:

A hundred grams (less than a cup) of pumpkin seeds contain almost 600 mg of the amino acid tryptophan, which we need for the production of serotonin and melatonin—hormones that are essential to sleep and well-being.

  1. Blow Out a Candle and Make a Wish:

No need to wait for your birthday. The simple act of releasing a wish with a deep exhale can make you feel lighter and more optimistic. Studies show that people who visualize or mediate on positive outcomes experience more peace in their daily lives.

  1. Smell The Coffee or Roses (depending on your preference):

Our sense of smell is 10,000 times more powerful than any other sense in our bodies. Sniffing coffee (or citrus fruit) helps you de-stress by creating balance between your nervous system, brain chemistry and hormones.  Lavender is also very relaxing.

  1. Gyan Mudra:

Gyan Mudra, a yoga hand gesture that inspires an instant feeling of connection and calm. Simply touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your index finger, keeping the other three fingers stretched out. Holding this mudra is said to increase concentration, prevent insomnia and help to balance mood disorders.  I tried this one….it really worked!

  1. Have a Good Laugh:

Laughing stimulates the Vagus nerve, reducing levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the blood and increasing serotonin production in the brain. Being in our line of work, you better laugh every day, or you may end up crying!

  1. Have a Good Cry:

Like laughter, crying stimulate the Vagus nerve and thus reduces stress. So let it go! Let it go!

  1. Go Karaoke:

If you can sing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and still not have a huge smile on your face…I just don’t know what to say.  Singing loosens tight muscles and opens up the chest.

  1. Write it Down:

Most of us have a terrible habit of holding on to negative and emotions.  The act of writing your issues and troubles down, can ease your mind and give you a better night sleep.

  1. Run Cold Water over your Wrist:

Splash cold water onto your pressure points of your wrist, temples, and behind your ears and neck.  Doing this cools the arteries right under the skin, and tends to calm the whole body.

Well that’s it for now, and remember that we are in control of our own inner peace.


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