Let Go of Stress for Valentine’s Day

Soft music greets you when you walk into an Ella Health center. A subtle pleasant scent drifts through the air. A comfortable, beautiful lounge invites you to take a break for a moment.

Everything has been carefully designed for one purpose. We want you to relax and feel pampered. We know that getting a mammogram can cause anxiety, so we’ve created a place where you can let go of the worry and take care of yourself.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everywhere you went was like this? A counter balance to the swirl of activities and demands in our lives. Although there is much we can’t control — the weather, the traffic, the barking dog next door – our health will benefit if we can find ways to manage the stress in the midst of it all.

When Stress Becomes Harmful

Some stress is normal. It’s our body’s way of reacting to our environment and sets in motion the actions we need to thrive. It’s rooted in the “fight or flight” response from back when the key to survival was standing up to or fleeing a physical threat. Now, the situations we face require more complicated solutions. A little bit of stress can give us the energy and motivation to deal with issues, but too often it becomes too much.

Love Your Health

5649123How about a new approach to Valentine’s Day this year? Along with showing everyone else some love, how about making a difference for ourselves as well? How about finding some new ways to relax and let go of the stress that’s that can weigh us down and hold us back? A few ideas to get started:

  • Take small breaks during the day.
  • Add some moments of meditation.
  • Plan a getaway to have something to look forward to.
  • Look for a laugh. Finding the lighter side can quickly change the dynamics of a situation.
  • Go for a walk. Exercise helps to relieve the physical effects of stress and clear your head.

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. Small things can quickly add up to a happier and healthier you.

Look for more “Love Your Health” tips on our Facebook page throughout February. Please share your own healthful hints there or in the comment section.

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