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Address Your Stress

Originally Posted: July 28, 2011

Addressing your stress at its source will lead to a more healthful enjoyment of your life. (Courtesy Photo: Office of Dr. Ilan Bohm)

Southampton - Summer in the Hamptons allows many to escape, de-stress, and get away from the hum of urban life. But it's easier said than done if you're bringing your stress with you, and that stress isn't just interfering with your enjoyment of sunshine and seashores, it might be making you sick. It has been proven that stress does lead to illness, and I've seen it in my practice over and over again.

Secrets For Stress Management

The following tips will help you cut down on your stress so that you can give that beach chair the attention it deserves. Here's how:

Unplug: Unplugging from phone, Internet and TV can be an incredible stress reliever, so try it for an hour a day. This will take some getting used to, but it's worth the withdrawal; dismiss e-mails and obligations and simply allow yourself to be.

Breathe Or Meditate: Taking a break for some deep, measured breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth) can have a calming effect and is something you can do even when driving. Just take a deep breath and focus on breathing. A simple 10-minute meditation regimen can also be a terrific weapon against stress. Try meditating informally by focusing on a specific object, or with a more classic approach, with a mental visualization of your favorite setting. This can be useful in winter, so you can recapture that sense of the beach even in snowy February. Meditate every day to de-stress and increase focus throughout the day.

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to combat stress: Go for a swim, a walk on the beach, or a jog while window-shopping. Yoga is another good outlet, offering both physical and mental discipline. Even moderate exercise can help you release stress in a healthful, slimming way, and can enhance your mood, boost immunity, and lead to a more restful sleep.

Lose The Alcohol: While it's natural for many to self-medicate stress with alcohol, recent studies show that alcohol can actually increase your stress. At a party, have some cranberry and soda, and walk around with that as your drink, instead.

Cut Down On Caffeine: This is also true for that daily cup, or three, of coffee. While it might beckon like the Holy Grail, coffee can actually trigger the physical symptoms of stress. Replace it with some herbal tea, fresh fruit and nuts for energy, and a burst of exercise to get you going instead. It may take a few days to detox and detach, but the effects are well worth it.

Stop Saying Yes To Stress: To successfully treat our stressed-out selves, we have to listen to our bodies. If you're tired and tense, those very symptoms may be your body's attempt to awaken you to some vital changes.

Addressing your stress at its source will lead to a more healthful enjoyment of your life, and your fun in the Hamptons. Lose your stress, and you'll feel like you're at the beach all year!

As the Founder of OIM in New York City, as well as the "Think Before You Pill" campaign, Dr. Ilan Bohm is a leading specialist in neuromuscular skeletal conditions, diagnostics, preventive medicine, and applied kinesiology. Since 1980, Dr. Bohm has been recognized for his healing abilities, which are rooted in a mix of traditional scientific and holistic medical solutions. He is committed to treating the cause of illness from an organic understanding, while skillfully incorporating medical scientific technology to treat "dis/ease."

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