Sound Advice

Tough Times? Take Good Care of Yourself!

“The first wealth is health.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In these difficult economic times, many people have had the challenges of job loss and financial struggles.  Some days it seem like the whole world is against you.  The days can turn into weeks of frustration, and you may feel like you will never get a break.

Prolonged stress can affect self-esteem, motivation, and attitude.  This may negatively impact relationships, sleep patterns, and most of all, your ability to cope effectively.  Self-care is crucial during these times.  It is important to remember to face your stress directly, learn from the past, and reach out for help.

Here are some ideas to help you create an economical self-care program to get you through the tough times:

  • Keep your body moving by doing some physical activity every day – it can be as simple as 10 minutes of stretching or a short walk.
  • Start a Gratitude & Happiness Journal – write at least 3-5 things you are grateful or happy for every day, and if you feel inclined, share your list with a friend or family member.
  • Create a mix of songs on a CD or your MP3 player that elevate your mood and keep you focused on positive or inspiring thoughts.
  • Meditate and/or practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing to reduce anxiety, decrease stress hormone levels, and keep your mind and body relaxed, focused, and sufficiently oxygenated.
  • Seek out humor and laugh whenever you can – laughter releases endorphins, our bodies’ natural painkillers that serve to suppress both physical and mental pain and induce a state of well-being.
  • Remember that negative situations are temporary and will pass.  Visualize yourself at peace rather than worrying about what you fear.

Sound Beginning’s newest CD: Guided Meditations for Inspired Living, is an economical tool that can be a great tool of support in difficult times.  The relaxation practices and visual imagery can help shift your focus from negative to positive, so you can always be moving towards happiness and fulfillment, no matter what circumstances you face.

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.”  -Mignon McLaughlin