Time to reduce stress

A few days ago at work, we had first aid training and afterwards I realised that a main cause of heart disease is simple, it’s stress. So, if we want to minimise our chance of this serious disease, we should avoid stress. But we all know that it’s not that simple. We get angry a few times each day for different reasons. So how, given that we live in a stressful environment, can we minimise stress? The simple answer, which comes into my head straight away, is just change this environment. But this is almost impossible, so how, living in

A few days ago at work, we had first aid training and afterwards I realised that a main cause of heart disease is simple, it’s stress. So, if we want to minimise our chance of this serious disease, we should avoid stress. But we all know that it’s not that simple. We get angry a few times each day for different reasons. So how, given that we live in a stressful environment, can we minimise stress? The simple answer, which comes into my head straight away, is just change this environment. But this is almost impossible, so how, living in the here and now, can we help our hearts. I have one proposal, I call it the yippie-i-ay method. 

First of all, we should start thinking what kind of place is the most stressful. Of course it’s work. We spend half our waking lives there and in most cases, we can’t change what happens there. So, if we can’t change it, we should leave it alone. From my own experience I know that every choice for change usually finishes with more stress. So, the only thing we can do is to change our reaction. It’s simple but it’s working. I’m trying it out a few times every day. So, the next time something happens that makes me crazy, before I open my mouth, in my head I hear a funny ‘yippie-i-ay’. I don’t have any idea what it means, probably nothing, but the nonsensical nature of these words just makes me feel happy and puts a smile on my face. After that I become more polite, my heart rate slows down, and I can just repel the stress that is being thrown in my direction, mumbling, “yes, yes, you are right”. 

Of course this method does not work in every situation. I can’t imagine that someone who has just received the news that they have cancer and just a few months left to live, can sing ‘yippie-i-ay’ in their head. This method, because it’s weird and not too serious, works with weird and not too serious cases. In these cases, huge stress can have huge consequences for our health and we should realise that the world won’t be better if our reactions are full of anger and stress.

I know that many methods exist to reduce stress. A simple one, for example, is sex. I probably don’t have to write how that works but the fact is that it’s a good way to relieve stress (of course for people over 18, because if earlier it can cause even more stress). But the problem with this method is that it doesn’t really work in public places, so the first idea is definitely simpler.

So, I promise, tomorrow morning I will wake up and shout ‘yippie-i-ay’ three times and avoid stress. Because it’s not just that we have one heart, it’s because without it we can’t live and I have to confess that I know a few people without hearts, but this is a completely different story, yippie-i-ay.

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