The new trailer for the next Hunger Games movie came out! “Catching Fire”! I love these books, the first movie was great and Jennifer Lawrence is just plain hilarious. Watching her during interviews after awards ceremonies is hilarious. Anyway, here is the new trailer in case you haven’t seen it. Or in case you want to see it again:
Today Elizabeth Smart was on the local university campus speaking about her experience and what she learned from it. If you are not familiar with Elizabeth’s story, she was abducted from her bed when she was 14 years old, “married” to her captor (totally not real) and raped multiple times during her captivity. 9 months after she was taken, she was rescued. That’s the gist of it. She’s only about a year or two older than me and since she was also from the Salt Lake Valley, it was a scary thing to experience from the outside and such a happy day when she was found!
It was interesting to hear the story from her perspective and completely inspiring. She decided during her captivity that she was going to do anything in her power to stay alive. She was eventually rescued and returned to her family. The next day her mom sat her down and told her she could either choose to be happy and leave the past behind her, or live her life in fear and sadness, dwelling on her awful experience, and let her captor still have power over her. She chose happiness and has been able to overcome her experience and learn and grow from it. She expressed so much gratitude for who she is because of it and talked about turning trials into blessings. Considering everything she was put through, I am so very impressed with her. She was very inspiring and so down to earth. It was amazing to hear her speak.
I’ve loved the wellness discussions we’ve been having this week! I love all your insights! In case you need to catch up:
Today we have Factor 3: Stress Management
Stress is a natural part of life. There is good stress (such as the stress that motivates you to move out of the way of a moving vehicle) and bad stress (when you’re very overwhelmed by something in your life). We’re going to talk about the bad stress.
It’s important to keep your stress under control because stress has many physiological effects that can be quite damaging. These include, but are not limited to, pain, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep problems, depression, obesity, autoimmune diseases and skin conditions. (source). Not fun! Now that I’ve motivated you to want to better manage you stress, let’s get into how to do this.
Andrea: I work on stress management by using my workout time as strict ME time. I turn off my brain, leave school/work/self worries at home, and I allow myself a workout of good ol’ SWEAT!! It is amazing how sweating can literally seem to let the stress seep out of you! When I get back I am clear-headed and ready to go!
thesavedrunner: The best way for me to handle stress is to run and pray. Anytime I go to God in prayer or just read His word, God gives me such a peace. And running just seems to relax me and make me realize that everything will be just fine.
These ladies hit it right on the nose for me! Running is my #1 way I relieve stress! Exercising in general is an awesome way to relieve stress, but for me no other exercise helps me quite as well as running does. Here is a list of stress relief techniques that have worked for me:
- Running! (as I already mentioned) I love what Andrea said about working out being “me time”. When I’m really stressed I try to not think of my stressors while I’m running. It helps me to remove myself from the situation for a time. Feels so great.
- Getting a good night of sleep. Very important!
- Writing it out in my journal
- Talking it out with friends
- Meditation. Taking a moment out of the world to just be still is so nice.
- Go for drives. Occasionally (ok, often) involves singing in the car.
- Focus on my breathing and taking nice, deep breaths.
I am one who is CONSTANTLY highly stressed naturally. My job is also pretty stressful at times. I have to use one or more of these techniques when necessary to stay sane. Sometimes, when worse comes to worse and it all just becomes too hard to handle any longer, sometimes the best stress relief is a good, solid cry. Works every time.
What do you do to manage your stress? Favorite stress relief technique?
Are you a Hunger Games fan? Are you so excited for “Catching Fire”?!
What do you do to stay strong through trials?
Don’t forget to comment on the last few wellness topics we’ll be going over: fitness, nutrition, spiritual and balancing it all.