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Relax Already: Stop Dwelling on the Past!

Are you a dweller? If so then you may want to start living a little more by letting things roll off your back.

A new report from USAToday.com suggest that those who ruminate a lot may have higher blood pressure and heart rates, less effective immune systems, surges of stress hormones that strain the heart, more depression and perhaps even shorter life spans. No one wants any of that so here are some tips to stop fretting and start relaxing with these after a stressful event:

  • Put on some soothing music to distract your brain.
  • Pick up a lighthearted book and read.
  • Head to the gym and work the tension out of your body and brain.
  • Call a friend or love one and see what is going on in their lives rather than going on and on about what is going on in your life.
  • Volunteer -- It is hard to dwell on a stressful occurrence when you're helping others who are in far more stressful situations.
  • Watch a funny/happy movie. Nothing gets me into a happy place like the movie Serendipity.

Remember [cheesy quote alert]: Yesterday's the past. Tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift, that is why it's called the "present". So what do you do to get your mind off things? Tell us below.

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AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
A dweller I am... thanks for the suggestions :)
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
I tend to call a friend or family member because connection is key. You remove yourself from being self-centered when you start asking someone about their day and how they are doing. It's always helpful to have a good laugh with a loved one, and talking to them helps you remember to be thankful for the people you have.
wiggle wiggle 10 years
When I am brooding I go out for a walk and try to have a nice interaction with a stranger. Just a hello or a smile will do. It reminds me that I do in fact like people and what ever is bothering me is fixable.
SU3 SU3 10 years
That's a great quote! & these are all wonderful tips! :) Volunteering is a great way to place your energy somewhere else (and it's always for a good cause!).
Phil Phil 10 years
Well, in between dwelling, I like to watch TV or read or do other escapist things. But after all that's don,e I tend to go right back to furrowing my eyebrows
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
This is all good advice, i also like to take a nice bubble bath and maybe read a book or listen to music while in there.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
All this is so true. Everybody hits a wall but tricks like these are great to decompress. I for one need to be reminded about them nowadays, so thank you Fit!
cutelilbunny cutelilbunny 10 years
I often go for a run when I feel stressed. I find that it helps relieve my tension as well as ensures that I can focus back on my studies. I love that rush of adrenaline I get after a good run.
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