• Tips for reducing cultural stress

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    by Dr. Howard Murad

     

    Practitioner Heal Thyself
    The first step in reducing cultural stress is trying to determine what gets you worked up. Identify in yourself the biggest causes of cultural stress and then develop a plan of action to reduce the impact it has on your daily life.

    Practice being mindful
    Take some time each day to meditate or be quiet, and enjoy the simple rhythms of life.

    Use 5-cent psychology on yourself
    Most of us have cell phones. If you are stuck in traffic and late for an appointment, make a call and then accept the fact that you can’t control the situation. One thing you can control is how you react to these situations. Try to make the best of it, as I always say “why have a bad day when you can have a good day.”

    Exercise Regularly
    Go for a walk, do yoga or take an exercise class. Being physically active, even for just a few minutes can make a difference in the way you feel.

    Nourish your body for optimum health
    Make it a habit to avoid the Standard America Diet. Get foods that encourage and increase the water content in your body — a diet full of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, good fats and proteins. Take a nutritional supplement to fill the nutritional gaps in your diet. And remember the ” Water Principle®”.

    Get a good night’s sleep
    Americans sleep less than people in any industrialized country in the world. You need seven to nine hours of sleep every night to fully restore the body. Don’t lose sleep, find the time to recharge your body at night so you have the energy to face the challenges that come up every day.

    Find a hobby
    It forces you to take time out for yourself and do something enjoyable, while providing time for you to reflect.

    The goal should be to reduce cultural stress and while enjoying the simple pleasures of life. As the great English poet William Wordsworth wrote:
    “The world is too much with us; late and soon,
    Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
    Little we see in nature that is ours…”

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