Speaking of inconvenient driving and stressful situations, April is National Stress Awareness Month and National Distracted Driving Month. We will be exploring both topics throughout the month with our newsletter and blog posts, including information on what causes stress, ways to prevent or release stress, how stress can be a contributing factor to distracted driving and other ways they relate.
Join us as we explore, and while we journey, keep dreaming and looking for our ever elusive spring. She is creeping her way in, but once she arrives, we will see brighter days, happy smiles and reduced stress as warm sunshine makes her debut for 2018. Happy destressing!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
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pleasure to work with. Thank you for all you do, Betty.
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” ~ Charles Dickens, Hard Times
***Cultural Tidbit: Renowned British author, Charles Dickens (b: Feb. 7.1812 - d: June 9, 1870) is known for works such as “A Tale of Two Cities”, “Great Expectations”, “Oliver Twist”. Another, lesser known work of his is “Hard Times”, a short novel set in a fictional northern milltown. It’s a commentary on the utilitarian philosophy of the day and the plight of the working man.
Stress Can Drive You to Distraction
These are a few of the symtoms we’ve come to recognize as responses to stress. According to Google Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances”. Stress can result in physical symptoms that negatively affect our health, wellness, quality of life, and quite possibly other’s lives whether they are close to us or are strangers.
What constitutes as stressful situations? The death of a loved one, a separation or divorce, child custody cases, planning and executing a vital presentation for work, high risk pregnancy, a cancer diagnosis,
or even something as simple as running late. High stress leads to poor judgment and can cause distraction in the wrong moments causing worse situations to occur, possibly causing more stress.
One of things you never want to do when stressed is get behind the wheel of a car. It, along with other factors like cell phone use, smoking, eating and drinking, adjusting mirrors or seats, changing a radio station etc., can distract you from the road. One second is all it takes to change someone’s life forever. Distracted driving is a major cause for accidents and fatalities on theroad. Each incident is completely preventable. Emotional distracted driving due to stress or negative thoughts can be a huge player in causing poor judgment on the road. So the question then is, how can we go about reducing our stress for a better quality of life for ourselves and by extension, safer roadways for those around us? Let’s explore.
Breathing. It’s essential to our ability to live. No oxygen, no living. But beyond our need to breath is the benefit of deep breathing and breathing exercises. It is proven to let out stress and tension in our bodies when we take deep, slow breaths. Meditation. We can further our breathing relaxation by focusing our minds on our breathing, or on something peaceful and take our minds off the circumstances causing us stress. Other ways include exercising. Physical activity is proven to effectively use up pent up, nervous energy we build up from stress. Take a run. Another way is combining exercise with getting back to nature. Nature is proven to help us refocus and destress. Take a walk. Do something you enjoy. Turn off your phone or other devices - unplug. Talk to a friend. Plug back in and watch funny cat videos. Do something that brings a smile to your face and releases tension in your body. If you have a smart phone, put your phone into “driving” mode so people no you can’t talk or text. Stay safe and destress.
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www.webmd.com, www.nsc.org, www.mindbodygreen.com, www.stress.org, www.dmv.org, www.safestart.com