Stress Management: 12 Stress Busters for Speedy Stress Reduction
Are You Too Stressed?
Is your stomach all tied up in knots? Do you have trouble concentrating
or remembering things? Do you have trouble falling asleep, or do you
sleep too much? You can handle a certain amount of stress, but when
you get overloaded with stress, it lowers your ability to function. That is
when you need stress relief - and you need it fast. These 12 stress
busters will show you how you can reduce stress, and some of them
work in an instant.
Stress actually takes the joy out of life. It saps your energy. In its
extreme, stress can immobilize you. Stress also aggravates physical
illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, back pain,
and many others.
If you are stressed at home, it also affects your work. If you are stressed
at work, it affects your relationships with your family. You aren't much fun
to be with when you're all stressed out. Instead, you can be grumpy,
irritable, angry, impatient, distracted, jumpy, and impulsive. This in turn
makes other people tense and uncomfortable.
Stress is caused by the anxiety that comes from fear, and many of these
fears are caused by your unrealistic expectations. To alleviate the stress
you need to determine whether your expectations are creating peace of
mind or causing anxiety.
For example, if you expect life to be without problems, expect that
relatives will get along just because they're related, or expect that your
work will always be perfect, you're being unrealistic, and
you're creating your own stress. Try having only one expectation - be
yourself, do the best you know how, and accept your limitations.
If you are still experiencing stress after you have evaluated and
changed your expectations, try these stress busters.
A Dozen Stress Busters:
1. Look for humor in the situation. You can pretend you are making a TV
sitcom. You can
imagine difficult people as very small, wearing diapers, or clothing from
a different era. In your imagination you can make them very skinny or
short and fat.
2. Create a safe haven in your mind by thinking of a place in your life
where you were happiest. Take a couple of minutes to visualize yourself
in that happy place. When you are ready to return to reality you will have
calmed down, and you will be able to think more rationally.
3. Choose a cassette tape of music that has a calming effect on you.
Keep it with you so you can use it at a moment's notice.
4. Start your day on a positive. Listen to motivational audio tapes every
morning. Then, several times a day take a few minutes to read
inspirational books, poems, and quotes.
5. Call a friend. Sometimes just getting things off your chest can relieve
your anxiety. It is also helpful to join a support group for people with
6. Focus on your major goal and do something to move it forward. You
will feel a sense of accomplishment, and your stressful situation will
occupy a smaller place in your life.
7. Do something that is fun. Having fun is how we recharge our battery. If
stress has drained our energy, it is important to schedule activities that
are fun for you so that you can recharge.
8. Spend time with nature. Take a walk in the park. Look at the trees
swaying in the breeze. Watch the squirrels chase each other from tree
to tree. Nature has its own way of putting things into perspective. Just by
realizing that there is an innate intelligence in all living things can help
you to let go and let nature do its part. If you are a religious person,
turning to God can help you be at peace with any situation.
9. Change what you can control in the situation and accept the rest. For
example, your stress may involve other people. You may have tried to
talk about a stressful situation with the other people involved, but
changed. One thing you can control is how you respond to what others
are doing. Study your situation and change one aspect of your own
response to a more peaceful response.
10. Susan Jeffers, in her book, "Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway," says
that you should ask yourself. "What is the worst thing that can happen,
and could you handle it?" Just knowing that you can handle the worst
possibility will lower your stress.
11. Create a peaceful corner at home where you can have quiet time.
Decorate it with your favorite pictures, stuff that make you feel good, and
12. Do something physical. Either do some exercise, play a sport, or
clean out your closets, weed your garden, rake the leaves, wash the
windows, etc. When you do anything physical it reduces stress.
If none of the above works, get help from a professional who can give
you expert guidance.
In short, stress is created in your mind by your own fears. A more
peaceful mind will lead to a more peaceful perception of your situation,
and the result will be lower stress. Just by changing the way you think,
you can lower
your stress even if nothing else changes.
If you look at every stressful situation and ask yourself, "What can I do
that will create peace of mind instead of stress?" you will start replacing
the stress in your life with serenity and happiness.
Are you stressed and unhappy at work? The real problem may be
different from what
you think it is. That is why the author, Harriet
Meyerson, founder of The Confidence Center, gives you an
Employee Morale Assessment to pinpoint problem areas, a Confidence
Quiz to help you become more successful, and an Employee
Morale and Confidence Tips newsletter. They are all
on her web at www.ConfidenceCenter.com">http://www.ConfidenceCenter.com
Copyright Harriet Meyerson. At The Confidence Center we work with
companies who want to raise employee morale and confidence - on a
shoestring budget. We offer seminars, telephone seminars, books,
eBooks and many more resources.
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