Less Stress – 10 Tips
It’s undeniable that we are all facing certain stressors in our lives and sometimes those can create problems in our health and well-being. So, today’s blog offers 10 tips for managing the stress that can sometimes seem overwhelming.
First, let’s begin with a definition of stress. Stress is simply your body’s reaction to change. It has both physical and emotional effects, and it is a very individual experience. A situation that one person finds stressful may not bother someone else. For example, one person may become tense when driving and another may find driving a source of relaxation. Something that causes fear in some people such as rock climbing may be fun for others. Not all stress is bad, either. Life would be quite dull without some stress to induce us into action; the key is to manage stress properly to that it doesn’t create bigger problems. Events outside of your control can often create stress but remember that it is not the event but your reactions that you can control.
So, here are my 10 favorite tips to managing stress…
- Think Positive: your attitude determines whether you control the situation, or the situation controls you. One way to change your attitude is with a good laugh. Researchers believe that humor may cause chemical changes in the brain that boost the body’s resistance to illness.
- Motivate Others: motivation is one of your greatest resources in a stressful situation. Catch people doing things right and let them know that you appreciate their efforts. Send thank you notes for a job well done.
- Take a Break: eliminate tension build-up by removing yourself from a hectic situation. Get out of the fast lane for just 15 minutes. Take a walk, listen to music, or read a book.
- Share the Load: trying to do everything yourself is one of the main causes of stress. Delegate responsibilities to others. Remember to follow-up to minimize having to redo the work. Be patient; everyone doesn’t work at your pace. Give support and praise for a job well done. And, don’t be ashamed to ask for help.
- Relax: try deep breathing – as you inhale count slowly to 5, and as you exhale count slowly backwards from 5. Concentrate on your breath and dismiss all distractions. Continue this for 5 minutes. Meditation and visualization are also popular forms of relaxation.
- Apply the Lifeboat theory: when things seem to be falling apart, prioritize your activities and concentrate on the top ONE. Sort out the unimportant demands. When you feel like you are starting to sink, who can you call to save you? Who are your support systems (lifeboat rescue team)? It is important to identify them.
- Play: having fun should be a priority. Choose your favorite fun activity and commit to it regularly. Examples could be seeing a movie, taking a drive, or spending time with friends.
- Take Care: Slow down. Learning to relax is a skill. Exercise regularly, get adequate sleep, and eat healthy.
- Balance Personal and Work Time: Set aside specific time in your day to spend on personal time and commit to keeping work at work. Strive for balance by spending time with family and friends, and quiet time alone.
- Wrap up Your Day: Wind down and bring closure to your day. Before bed, review the day’s activities, what went well, what can you do differently, and what will you look forward to tomorrow? You can do this by keeping a journal. And always end with one thing you are grateful for.
May you find health and happiness along the way.
Until next time…