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31 Days To Less Stress - July 10th - Stop Multitasking

Sunday, July 10, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Don't multitask. With a lot to do in a little time, you might think it's efficient to multitask. Talk about stressful! He who chases two rabbits catches neither. Focus on one thing a time for a better outcome."

Isn't this what busy women are all about - multitasking - but is it really good for us in the long run? Focusing on doing more than one thing at a time often leads us to feeling overwhelmed, It is suggested that in order to stop multitasking, we should learn better time management skills and how to prioritize.

tells us that

- A study showed that people distracted by incoming email and phone calls saw a 10-point fall in their IQs. That impact of a 10-point drop has the same effect as losing a night of sleep and more than twice the effect of smoking marijuana.

- Doing several things at once is a trick we play on ourselves, thinking we're getting more done. In reality, our productivity goes down by as much as 40%. We don't actually multitask. We switch-task, rapidly shifting from one thing to another, interrupting ourselves unproductively, and losing time in the process.

- Research shows that heavy multitaskers are less competent at doing several things at once than light multitaskers. In other words, in contrast to almost everything else in your life, the more you multitask, the worse you are at it. Practice, in this case, works against you.

The author of this article, Peter Bregman (a strategic advisor to CEOs and the leadership teams) experimented by not doing any multitasking for one week. He advises he benefited in many ways and importantly he found that his stress levels were reduced considerably

- that it was a relief to do only one thing at a time,
- he felt liberated from the strain of keeping so many balls in the air at each moment,
- and that it felt reassuring to finish one thing before going to the next.

He advises that single-tasking actually reduces stress, that by giving yourself less time to do things (remember you are applying yourself to only one thing at a time) you become more productive and less stressed.

Today's "food for thought" is ,

Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started. ~ David Allen

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKYCARLEY 7/14/2011 9:40PM

    Some great insights here. Thanks.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/11/2011 5:58AM

    This is so true. When I try to file the papers, etc. on my desk, I get so distracted by cards, lettters, etc. that I never finish.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/11/2011 1:50AM

    I agree. People try and do too much at one time and you lose focus and not able to give something the full attention it needs. Thanks!

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DEE107 7/11/2011 12:24AM

    thanks for sharing great job

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EGRAMMY 7/10/2011 4:29PM

    emoticon Blog and I sure needed it. Thanks.

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 9th - Keep A Stress Journal

Saturday, July 09, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Keep a journal. Expressing your feelings in a positive way to deal with stress, and journaling captures emotions as you experience them. Let it out, close the book, and get on with day."

tells us that a stress journal can help us identify the regular stressors in our lives and the way we deal with them. Each time we feel stressed, we should keep track of it in our journal. As we keep a daily log, we will begin to see patterns and common themes. Write down

- What caused your stress (make a guess if you’re unsure).
- How you felt, both physically and emotionally.
- How you acted in response.
- What you did to make yourself feel better.

This can really help us identify the sources of stress in our lives so that we can find better ways to cope with them.

Today's "food for thought" is,

When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable. ~ Greg Anderson

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/14/2011 9:38PM

    I have written journals, online private journals, online public blogs... I do a lot of writing!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/10/2011 7:52AM

    emoticon Great idea.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/10/2011 12:40AM

    This is really great advice, thanks.

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DEE107 7/10/2011 12:14AM

    thanks for sharing

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 8th - Sleep & Nap

Friday, July 08, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Sleep in. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Staying well-rested keeps your mind (and body) healthy and better able to handle stressors. A good nap itself can even decrease tensions."

tells us that according to many experts, most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. When you don't get enough sleep, symptoms such as moodiness, anxiety, aggression and increased stress levels can result. About.com's Guide to Stress Management, Elizabeth Scott, suggests taking "power naps" to combat drowsiness, reduce stress and increase productivity. While sleeping more certainly won't eliminate all stress, it can help increase your readiness to cope with the stress of day-to-day life.

And according to stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifesty
studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes more sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own). The body seems to be designed for this, as most people’s bodies naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after we wake up.

If you want to obtain more sleep, and the health benefits that go with getting enough sleep, here are some tips for more effective napping and sleep at night:

•Avoid caffeine after 3pm. It’s a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep and stay in your system longer than you think; its half-life is four to six hours!
•If you don’t want to nap a long time, set an alarm.
•If you don’t have time for a power nap, or don’t feel comfortable napping during the day, try meditation; it gives your body a rest and produces slower brain waves similar to sleep.

Today's "food for thought" is,

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKYCARLEY 7/14/2011 9:36PM

    I tried for years to get more sleep. Going to bed earlier didn't help me fall asleep or to stay asleep. Now I get good sleep most nights, but only because of the medication I take. I worry thought that this is not as good as getting 'natural' sleep without meds.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/9/2011 6:21AM

    Sleep is usually not a problem for me. I also naps when I can. They seem to revive me.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/9/2011 12:49AM

    What great advice. I love getting in an afternoon nap when I can.

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DEE107 7/9/2011 12:14AM

    thanks for sharing

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 7th - Adopt A Mantra

Thursday, July 07, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Develop a mantra. Does a particular word, phrase or quote help you calm down and relax? Make it your mantra. Write it, think it, and repeat it any time you feel stressed, impatient, or anxious."

tells us that mantras

- can quiet your mind,
- are one of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to calm yourself down,
- it can be just a phrase or word that you tell yourself,
- and with a bit of practice your mind will associate your phrase with serenity (which will help ease stress, tension, anxiety and frustration.)


- find a phrase that works for you and when you're really feeling stressed, take a few minutes to quiet your mind and repeat it to yourself over and over until you start to feel the stress and tension release.

The simplest mantra is just the word "breathe." It is one syllable and a good reminder to slow down and breathe deeply. Ghandi used the word, “Rama”, which is the word for God meaning “joy”. Other suggestions are "calm", "I am calm", "I'm at peace." Or it can be a non-sensical sound like "Om". The words or sounds you choose aren't important as long as they are simple, have a personal meaning for you and are comfortable for you to repeat.

Today's "food for thought" is,

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~ William James

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/8/2011 12:50AM

    Great advice! Thanks for that.

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DEE107 7/8/2011 12:18AM

    thanks for sharing this seems this is aimed right at me

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/7/2011 10:19PM

    Wow... this is awesome. I never thought of doing this before. Thanks!

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PHYLISSCR 7/7/2011 6:00PM

    Thanks...I needed an encouraging ...or should i say distracting thought last night...I wish i would have had it already picked out before I had my melt down last night.... crying and food overindulgence... always seem to go together...:( But now i will be prepared... :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 7/7/2011 2:18PM

    OMG This is so timely for me. It's not for stress, but to help curb my binge eating. I've created a three word sentence that I hope will remind me of why I'm on this journey and to stay on track.

Thanks for posting this!!!

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31 Days To Less Stress - July 6th - Get A Massage

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

SP's "31 Days To Less Stress" tip today is,

"Get a massage. A professional massage can provide soothing, deep relaxation. As the tense muscles relax, so does your entire body, as well as your overstressed mind."

points out that therapeutic massage is more than a feel-good “indulgence” providing more than a nice way to unwind after work or exercise. It provides relief to people of all ages – from infants to seniors – to the sedentary and the athletic as it helps to reduce levels of stress chemicals/hormones such as cortisol, and noradrenalin and thus helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing the heart rate, respiration, and metabolism, as well as lowering raised blood pressure.

Therapeutic massage can provide an important component to overall well-being by promoting better sleep, improving concentration, and reducing anxiety. As such, stop thinking of it as a luxury and more like a "must have" to help reduce stress levels.

Today's "food for thought" is,

A pleasure a day keeps stress away. ~ Ethel Roskies

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAYYVAUGHN 7/7/2011 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. I already feel better.

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DEE107 7/6/2011 10:40PM

    thanks for sharing the foot massage looks so good

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    Ahh, I would love one right now.

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