10 tips to stress less

4. Be active every day in as many ways as you can.

Being Active - Running

Did you know that the word exercise derives from the Latin root meaning ‘to maintain, to keep, to ward off’?

How many ways can you think of to be active?

1. Keep up with the kids.

Always a good one to have you falling exhausted in to bed at the end of the day.  Not only good physically, but emotionally as well.  Revisit your childhood…

2. Take the stairs.  Or walk to work.

I’m lucky in that I live about 500 metres from the centre of our small town.  So I walk down the street when I need to collect groceries for dinner.

3.  Plug in your iPod and boogie while you clean house.

It helps to get it done faster.  Just remember not to sing too loud!

4. Walk the dog.

It always amazes me at how many people will stop and talk to you when you are walking the dog.  I wonder why that is?

But there’s not only the physical active.

There is the mental active too.

Try this one out…

This is an exercise that can strengthen neural connections and even create new ones.

Switch the hand you are using to control the computer mouse. Use the hand you normally do NOT use.

What do you notice?

Is it harder to be precise and accurate with your motions?

Do you feel like you did when you were first learning to tie your shoelaces?

If you are feeling uncomfortable and awkward don’t worry, your brain is learning a new skill.

From The Human Brain at Resources for Science Learning.

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