Block Stress from your Life Once and for All

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The Walk in Tub can help

By Alan Knight

You might be thinking, “Stress! There is nothing I can do about it.”  The bills keep piling up.  I can't find enough hours in the day.  People are acting like idiots.  The truth be told, you have more control over your stress than you might believe.  Stress management is all about taking charge of your life, your thoughts, and your emotions.  More importantly, it is about the way you deal with problems.  No matter how stressful your life might seem to be, you can deal with it. 

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Let's look first of all at the true sources of your stress.  Often identifying stress causes is easy.  Maybe it comes from a job change, or an illness.  Perhaps you've had a death in the family of someone close.  However, identifying the “every day” causes might be more taxing.  To find your true sources of stress look to your habits, attitudes, and even your excuses.  First, do you explain away stress as temporary?  “I just have a million things going on right now.”  Yet you can't remember the last time you took a breather.  Second, do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life?  “Things are just always crazy around here, “you might say.  How about this one.  Do you blame other people for your stress?  You become the perennial victim, because others are bringing stress upon you.  Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in generating or feeding your own stress level, you will never be able to manage it.

A stress journal can help you identify the regular stressors in your life
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and the way you deal with them.  Each time you feel stressed, keep track of it in your journal.  As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes.  Write down:  1. What caused your stress (make a guess if you're unsure.)  2.  How you felt, both physically and emotionally.  3.  How you acted in response.  4.  What you did to make yourself feel better.  Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress in your life.  Your stress journal can help you identify them.  Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive?  Let's now look at some ways to cope with stress.

Relax!  You deserve it.  It's good for you, and it takes less time than you think.  You don't need a course of study.  You don't require a weekend retreat, although that's not a bad idea.  It can be as simple as learning to RELAX.
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Meditate.  A few minutes of practice each day can help ease stress.  Research has suggested that daily meditation may alter the brain's neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress.  It's simple.  Sit up straight with both feet on the floor.  Close your eyes and focus your attention on reciting a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace.”  Try to sync the mantra with your breaths.  Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.

Breathe Deeply.  Take just 5 minutes and focus on your breathing.  Sit up straight.  Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your lungs and work its way to your head.  Reverse the process as you exhale.  Deep breathing counters the effects of stress.

Slow Down.  Take 5 minutes and focus on only one thing with awareness.  Notice how the air feels on your face when you’re walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground.  Enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food.

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Laugh.  Watch a funny movie.  Talk to others who make you laugh.  Laughter lowers cortisol, your body's stress hormone, and boosts chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. 

Pleasant music.  Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers.  You can also blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes.

Movement.  You don't have to run in order to get a runner's high.  All forms of exercise, including aerobics and even walking can ease anxiety and release feel-good chemicals in your body.  Walk through the park, taking in all the sights and sounds.  Breathe in the air and feel the breeze against your face.

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Decompress.  Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes.  Close your eyes and relax every part of the body.  Better yet, try some warm water therapy.  The new Walk in Tub that has recently appeared on the market is a perfect way to install your own personalized whirlpool in your home.  It takes up very little space (about the size of a normal bathtub.)  It stands upright and comes with a watertight door.  You simply walk inside, sit down and turn on the warm water.  The Walk in Tub comes with both air jets (bubbler) and water jets (whirlpool) to provide plenty of help to work out all the kinks in the body.  Just recline and let the churning, bubbling water to do their work.  After about 15-20 minutes your entire body is totally relaxed.

Self-Hypnosis.  Try putting yourself into a deep hypnotic state by slowly counting backwards from 10, and the time imagining that you are going deeper and deeper into a state of total relaxation.  You can even record the exercise on a tape player and play it back as you relax.  Say things like, “all the muscles in my back are beginning to relax and ease tension.  My body is getting heavier as my muscles relax and ease tension.”  Do this also for the feet, legs, abdomen, all the way to the head.  By the time you get there you will feel wonderful.

One thing we haven't mentioned is how to avoid stressors (things that stress you out.)  It's not healthy to avoid a stressful situation that needs to be addressed, but you may be surprised by the number of stressors in your life that can be eliminated.

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Learn how to say “no” - Know your limits and stick to them.  Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more than you can handle is a sure-fire recipe for stress.  Distinguish between the “should” and the “musts” and, when possible, say “no” to taking on too much.

Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that person, or end the relationship.

Take control of your environment - If the evening news makes you anxious, turn off the TV.  If traffic makes you tense, take a longer by less-traveled route.  If you can't avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.  When you ask someone to change their behavior, be willing to do the same.  If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you'll have a good chance of finding a happy middle ground.  Poor time management can cause a lot of stress, but if you plan ahead and make sure you don't overextend yourself, you'll find it easier to stay calm and focused.

Watch this short video about the feature and options of Walk-in tubs.

In this article, I have discussed a dozen ways to reduce stress in your life, including taking a decompressing warm bath in a Walk-in tub. I provide details for several of these methods and discuss how to remove stressors from your daily life.

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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to

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