A Freelance Writer’s Life: Relieving Stress With Physical Activity

https://a-course-in-miracles.orgI am a freelance writer and blessed with an even personality. Yet sometimes I feel stressed. While there are many proven ways to cope with stress, the physical activity works best for me. A few minutes of physical activity relieves my stress greatly. physical activity also helps to relieve my back pain after working at the computer for hours.
What kinds of physical activity am I talking about? Walking is at the top of my list. When I am walking I put writing out of my mind. Instead, I look at houses in my neighborhood, gardens and yards, flying birds, cloud formations, and children playing. Amazingly, when I get home, the solution to my writing problem comes to mind.
According to a Mayo Clinic article, “Stress Management — Use These Strategies to Prevent Stress Setbacks and Remain in Control,” regular physical activity improves your health. “Just 30 minutes a day benefits the body and mind,” the article notes. The goal is to keep moving and if I can’t fit 30 minutes of physical activity into my morning or afternoon, I strive for 15.
To reap the maximum benefits from walking it should be aerobic. I walk in my neighborhood. The route begins with a slight upgrade and progresses to a steep grade, which gets my heart pumping. The walk back home is entirely downhill. During rainy or snowy weather I do laps in the kitchen. Thirty times around the center island equals 1,000 steps and I can watch television while I am walking. I also walk laps in discount stores.
Stretching is another way I relieve stress. I do walking warm-ups, stretches that limber up my muscles. Toe points are one stretching warm-up, but I don’t do them because the medication I take causes foot cramps. I really like the overhead arm stretch, however, which involves reaching each arm over my head and stretching as far as possible. I also put the palms of my hands on the wall, stand at an angle (about eight inches away), and stretch my calf muscles.
Twisting is another form of stretching. I hold out my arms and twist from side to side or I twist with my hands on my waist. Arm circles are another stretching exercise, starting with small circles and making them larger.
Canadian freelancer Glen Strathy has posted an unusual stress-reliever on the Internet and he calls it “rub and yawn.” The technique begins with putting your book idea over your head while rubbing your hands. “Keep rubbing. Rub and yawn,” he advises. Then you take your book topic and put it below your feet, to the left, to the right, to the front, to the back, rubbing and yawning all the while. “It’s okay if your view of your topic changes while you’re doing this,” Strathy assures.
As you continue to rub and yawn, you mentally put your topic farther and farther away from you. “Then you put it as far away as possible in space and time,” Strathy concludes. Continue to do this and your stress will diminish, according to Strathy. Recent research supports his theory and suggests that yawning stimulates the brain and alters its temperature.
These physical activity activities — rubbing/yawning, stretching, walking — should help to relieve your stress.

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