The Mammoth Lifestyle

Mammoth Lakes was a lifestyle move for me in the fall of 1979.  At the time that Dave and I made the decision to live in Mammoth, we thought it would be for a couple of years.  We had purchased a studio+loft/2 bath at Hidden Valley in 1978 and found that we loved being in Mammoth.  So much, that we made the move, but never planned our exit strategy and so almost 34 years later we are still here.

In 2010 I had a bad fall and ended up being air lifted to Reno in January 2011 with a subdural hematoma. I ended up having surgery where they literally drilled a couple of holes in my head to relieve the pressure of the bleeding.  I have since been fine, but am extra careful about triggers that may cause memory loss.  I have subscribed to Medix Select, a health newsletter, as I want to be proactive about taking care of my brain.

Since so many people love Mammoth for the lifestyle and vacations are coming up very soon, I thought you might enjoy this article on Lifestyle Changes for stress.  We live in a stressed society and people come here to relieve the stress from their day to day workload.  Believe it or not, living in Mammoth I can still experience stress!  I do appreciate the view out my window and the short commute to work though.

Here are some tips that are pretty basic, but even recently, I was able to put these suggestions into practice and they really turned my day around.

7 Lifestyle Changes Help Tame Stress

Studies show that dealing with chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health and happiness. Here are seven healthy ways to manage those daily stressors and feel better and lighter, now.

1. Catch it immediately: The first step in taming stress is becoming aware of your triggers, and taking steps to calm yourself right away.  Be aware of your own “stress reflex” as soon as it starts, especially when you stress over mundane things.

2. Change your posture: People who stand taller with their shoulders back and chests open, not slumped, have found their stress levels reduced, even if they change their posture for just a few minutes.

3. Turn off your phone, go outside: If you're feeling stressed, turn off your phone and head outside. Several studies show spending time in nature improves general well-being, lowers anxiety, stress and depression, and even boosts self-confidence.

4. Exercise: Working up a good sweat not only boosts your mood, but research finds that it can soothe anxiety and better prep you for a stressful or emotional event or experience. If you need a quick break at work, run a few times up and down a flight of stairs, or walk around the block.

5. Laugh it out: Research shows that people who laugh, also enjoy the highest drops in stress levels.

6. Make a decision: Being in limbo over a decision can cause stress. If the decision you need to make is relatively small, just decide and move on.

7. Set new goals: Set yourself goals or challenges, just for you.

So, sign up for one of the up and coming races in Mammoth, and buy a property in Mammoth so that you can take advantage of the high altitude training!

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