Powerful Rituals for Happiness and Health

Research shows that people who work under a lot of stress are two times as likely to develop coronary heart disease.

Chronic stress also leads to insomnia, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, arthritis, respiratory disorders and even cancer.

While many people thrive and revel in working under a certain amount of pressure, no one is immune to the ramifications of too much constant pressure. It eventually reaches a plateau.

Despite both physical and mental exhaustion, the danger begins when we drive ourselves beyond our limits. 

Instead of being able to relax during non-working hours when we should be spending our free time relaxing, many engage in continuous internal chatter in our minds about work problems and issues.  This can lead to serious burnout, mental or physical breakdowns or more.

In many cases, we are so wrapped up in the day-to-day issues of work that stress just creeps up on us and we may not even be aware of how harsh it is.

Irritability, impatience, and edginess are early warning signs. If you find yourself being easily offended, lacking concentration, or obsessing over details, do everything in your will to take a time out.

Stress will always win the battle if you want to stay in the ring and fight it. The real solution is to get your life in balance. When the balance is right, you will come out the victor.

Here are some powerful rituals to help disconnect from work and tend to a happier life during free time.

  • Start eating well again. Take your time. Relax. Enjoy your food by chewing it, not almost shoveling it whole. Get off the sugar, salt and processed foods. Eat natural. Plan your menu with the vegetables and fruits (over 50% of your small plate full) first, grains and entrees second.
  • Walk or run it off. This gives you time to yourself to begin debriefing work related matters for the necessary transition into the life you are actually meant to enjoy. By walking in ten minute slots for three times a day, it cuts your risk of heart disease by 40 percent. 
  • Incorporate some other type of movement. Stretch, dance, t’ai chi, yoga, or something else that suits you. Combine both aerobic and weight-bearing activities in your rituals.
  • Soak in a warm bath. During this alone time, include breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation. 
  • Read a book chapter or two to give your mind some escape.
  • Listen to music.
  • Create a restful environment in your bedroom, with a comfortable bed allowing no room for distractions or clutter.

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Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Music
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Actors
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Space Explorers
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
Notables
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.

As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.

He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.

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