Coping with Stress
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I found this article and thought I'd share it. Easier said than done, but I hope it can help someone...
Each of us has moments when the stress in our lives seems overwhelming. We've just started a new job, had a baby, gotten married or faced an illness. But every day life can be filled with stressful moments as well. Here are a few tips to help life balance out.
We're surrounded by noise. The TV's always going. The radio gets turned on the moment we get in the car. The loud speakers blare as we grocery shop. It's a noisy world and that noise can add to stress levels. Enjoy the peacefulness of quiet. Intentionally spend 15 to 30 minutes in peaceful silence. You don't even have to do anything but listen to the silence if you don't want to.
Start Your Day on a Positive Note
Don't get bogged down by last night's dishes, early morning laundry chores or racing around the house to get yourself ready for work. That's just starting your day loaded with stress. Start the day by reading from your favorite inspirational book. Have a cup of coffee on your back porch looking at the sun rise. Take a few moments and write in your journal. The world will wait and you will be ready for it.
Take Time for Yourself Every Day.
Do something you enjoy every day. It can be something as simple as taking a walk with your puppy pal, or stroking your kitty cat. Value yourself by giving yourself a treat. If you love to garden but just haven't had the time. Make the time. Buy an assortment of herbs and pots and potter for a bit. Doing something you like is a great stress buster.
Only Worry When it Counts
There are some things you can control and many you can't. Only worry about what you can control, otherwise it's wasted. For example: If you're in charge of a family reunion picnic -- you can't control the weather. What you can control is the location. So make sure that there is a rained-out alternative just in case, then you won't have to worry about the weather.
What's Really the Problem?
Often we overreact to situations because we're concerned about something else. Say, your boss comes in and asks you to fast track a project you've been working on and you become livid with outrage. Maybe you're not really angry with your boss, the project or the new deadline. It could be you're upset because your teenage son didn't come home till past midnight. If you can figure out what's really the problem you can save yourself a lot of stress and concentrate on solving the problem, instead of creating new ones.
Live Each Day for That Day
The past can't be repeated it can only be learned from. The future hasn't happened yet. Right now is the only time you have. Learn to let go of events in the past. Don't aggravate yourself by thinking what you might have done. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and remember what you've learned.