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But my transplant nurse actually said to me, in a non-Western-medical moment, "And don't skip your meditation anymore." Aha. I had told her I knew a couple of reasons I became susceptible to this lousy e-coli (which is always lurking in waiting, that's the bad news) - it could be summarized as overactive, overstressed by visiting a very sick friend - and too busy to meditate. For two days straight. I don't know what made me such a blithe spirit, but it won't happen again.
It happened that the same day Harvard Health News (a nice website) sent me a list of stress relievers. Here they are -
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sound sleep can affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health.
- Exercise. Physical activity alleviates stress and reduces your risk of becoming depressed — and it is good for your all-around health.
- Learn relaxation techniques. Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are mainstays of stress relief. Your local hospital or community center may offer meditation or yoga classes, or you can learn about these techniques from books or videos.
- Learn time-management skills. These skills can help you juggle work and family demands.
- Confront stressful situations head-on. Don’t let stressful situations fester. Hold family problem-solving sessions and use negotiation skills at work.
- Nurture yourself. Treat yourself to a massage. Truly savor an experience: eat slowly, focusing on each bite of that orange, or soak up the warm rays of the sun or the scent of blooming flowers during a walk outdoors. Take a nap. Enjoy the sounds of music you find calming.