Stress Techniques for Patient and Physician

Flower or Weapon by Hamed Saber
Flower or Weapon by Hamed Saber

(1)  In the Canadian Journal of continuing Medical Education, Dr. David Posen has listed the following tips for dealing with stress management:

(2)  Are you breathing?

“Breathing exercises become essential as you get older because age reduces the level of oxygen in your lungs. When you only take shallow breaths, as you do in normal breathing, you will eventually notice stiffness in your rib cage as the muscles surrounding the diaphragm start to lose their elasticity. This causes stale air to build up in your lungs that is composed mostly of carbon dioxide.”

“Rapid shallow breathing also leads to heart disease after a number of years or excessive feelings of tiredness. Breathing exercises to cleanse the stale air in your lungs should be practiced on a daily basis. You do not need to set aside a long period of time for this – five to ten minutes is sufficient. You can do the exercises when you wake in the morning or just before you go to sleep at night.”

(3)  20 ways to eliminate stress from your life from Zen Habits includes:

“By careful editing of your life, and changing certain habits, you can eliminate most (not all) sources of stress in your life.”

“I don’t believe that a stress-free life is possible. Stress is a response to challenges in life, and a life without challenges is too boring to contemplate. However, I do believe that most of the stress in our lives is unnecessary, and that it can be eliminated by taking some simple (and some not-so-simple) steps. It can’t be accomplished overnight — I’ve been eliminating stressors in my life for awhile now, and I’m still not done. But I think it’s a worthwhile goal.”

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