Stressed? Get givin'!

Updated: Feb 10

We nose-to-the-grindstone folks really have trouble stopping to smell the roses, even when our doc scares us with feedback on our unhealthy weight, or our blood pressure is up, or we haven't been catching a good night sleep in...hmm..what year is it?


What we know about quitting bad habits like overworking that contributes to stress is that shame tactics don't work.


Actually, feeling bad about these things---your unhealthy food intake, or that you haven't downloaded that mindfulness app even though it's been on your to-do list for months, or that True Blood has been more attractive than shut-eye---actually can make those things worse!


So how do we stop the cycle? Lots of ways, but today--think about this one.


Research shows that "prosocial behavior"--ie, giving back altruistically, does a mind-body-soul good.


When was the last time you gave back? Like, even in small ways?


Slipped a sweet note in your partner's work bag?

Paid for the groceries of the lady behind you at the checkout?

Spent time at a nursing home sharing a craft or song?

Volunteered reading to kiddos or giving meals at the homeless shelter?

Dropped off a home-cooked meal for a shut-in?


What we know for sure is that we are meant to be connected--living in community. We often forget that when we are around people all day long. But often even if that's the case, we usually don't get a chance to give back altruistically, without need or expectation of any compensation.


Ready to reduce stress? Get givin!


Stress less today,

Allie



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