Thursday, January 5, 2012

Strategies for Mastering Stress

Take Time For Yourself

1.  Take time to be alone on a regular basis, to listen to your heart, check your intentions, reevaluate your                          
     goals and activities.
2.  Plan to do something each day that gives you energy, something you love to do, something just for  
3.  Take frequent relaxation breaks.
4.  Learn a variety of relaxation techniques and practice at least one regularly.

Connect With Others

1.  When you're concerned about something, talk it over with someone you trust, or write down your
2.  Create and maintain a personal support system- people with whom you can be 'vulnerable'.
3.  Seek out friends or professional help when you feel unable to cope.
4.  Practice stress-reducing communications.  Clarify what you hear by paraphrasing and active listening.
     Use "i want" instead of "I need," and "I choose to," rather than "I have to."  Feel the difference in
     your mental attitude and your body when you do this.

How to Stay in Touch With Yourself

1.  Say no when asked to do something you really don't want to do.  Read a book on assertiveness if you
     have trouble doing this in a firm but kind way.
2.  Become more aware of the demands you place on yourself, your environment, and others to be
     different from how they are at any moment.  Demands are tremendous sources of stress.

Take Care of Your Body

1.  Exercise regularly.
2.  Monitor your intake of sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol.
3.  Take deep, slow breaths frequently, especially while on the phone, in the car, waiting for something
     or someone.  Use any opportunity to relax and revitalize yourself.
4.  Treat yourself to a massage or learn to massage your own neck, shoulders, and feet.

Stay Positive

1.  Carry a card with four or five personal affirmations written on it .
2.  Keep a positive, proactive attitude.  As a wise sage once said,  "If you can't do something about it
     why worry.  If you can do something about it, why worry?"
3.  Focus on what you can do.

Take Control of Your Time

1.  Organize your life to include time for fun, spontaneity, and open spaces.
2.  Set a realistic schedule allowing some transition time between activities.
3.  Eliminate unnecessary commitments.
4.  Learn to delegate responsibility.
5.  If your schedule is busy, prioritize your activities and do the most important cones first.
6.  Remember, it takes less energy to get an unpleasant task done right now than to worry about it all

Nurture Yourself With Joyful Activities

1.  Smile and laugh more.
2.  Remember to stop and smell the flowers.
3.  Watch a sunrise and/or sunset with silent gratitude.

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