Art Therapy to Reduce Stress

943The next time you are feeling stressed consider turning to art therapy as a healthy outlet. Sometimes it’s difficult for us to talk about the things that are stressing us out in our lives. However, through painting, drawing or crafts you can organize your inner thoughts and express your emotions in an active, beautiful way.*

Find a form of art therapy that speaks to you, and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. If painting isn’t your strong suit, you could make a paper collage of your favorite pictures. If drawing isn’t your favorite activity, consider expressing your creativity through sculpted clay.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.riversideonline.com/health_reference/Working-Life/MM00654.cfm
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Be Slow to Speak

935“Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
James 1:19

When you are listening to someone about a problem or an issue, listen for the pain beneath his or her complaint, issue or anger. This is an opportunity to show respect: listen carefully for deeper feelings, and then respond slowly and thoughtfully. Let’s put this into practice today!

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Dr. Kim

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Avoid Chronic Stress

930“A stress response is created in the body from any situation or thought that causes you to feel angry, frustrated, nervous or anxious. When you’re chronically stressed, those physiological changes, over time, can lead to health problems.”
– Jay Winner, M.D.

Let’s start working on reducing chronic stress today by getting enough sleep and moderating both exercising and time-off from your daily activities.

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Dr. Kim

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Plums Reduce Anxiety

923Plums are packed with vitamins A and C, but did you know that they can also help your body absorb iron? If you tend to have anxiety, try eating more plums as they contain an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid gives off a calming effect and may help reduce your anxiety.*

Add some anxiety-reducing plums to your snacking routine. Both fresh and dried plums pack powerful phytonutrients like chlorogenic acid, and both varieties are easy to eat on the go!

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Dr. Kim

*http://dailypix.me/misc/do-you-know-which-is-the-healthiest-fruit?page=16
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

920If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant in a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

Let’s not have the small things bother us today. Enjoy this secret of happy people!

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Dr. Kim

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Stay Hydrated

893With our bodies being composed of about 70% water, it is so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. For a healthy metabolism and detoxification, pure water is essential. Staying hydrated also helps aid in circulation and even improves the appearance of your skin.*

Try enhancing the flavor of your water naturally with slices of lemon, lime or cucumber. Not only will your water have more flavor, but these additions can also help fight off indigestion, water weight gain, headaches and heartburn.

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Dr. Kim

*http://abcnews.go.com/Health/healthy-reasons-stay-hydrated/story?id=19714263
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Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

“Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.”
– Anonymous

You have your own path in life. You have your own personality, experiences, talents and passions. When you stop comparing yourself to others, you will be happier and more successful.

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Dr. Kim

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Love Heals All Wounds

Endless love“Love, not time, heals all wounds.”
– Anonymous

Many people say time heals all wounds. Time helps heal wounds, but doesn’t heal all wounds. But love truly heals all wounds, especially the love of God. Let’s keep this in mind today!

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Dr. Kim

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Find Simplicity

860“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
– Albert Einstein

We live in too much clutter. By finding simplicity you will be able to enjoy your life more. Remove some clutter out of your life and embrace the beauty of simplicity today!

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Dr. Kim

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Manage Your Time by Prioritizing

855“Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”
-Peter Drucker, Author and Management Guru

Managing time does not mean that you have to complete everything on your to-do list. Instead, it is about prioritizing what is important and what can wait. Once you start prioritizing your tasks it will be easier for your workflow to increase while decreasing your stress. Try managing your to-do list today!

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Dr. Kim

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