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Stress Management

Monday, January 13, 2014

How many times have you blamed overeating or eating the wrong things on stress in your life? I know I have - many, many times. There are a number of ways to deal with stress - exercise, meditation, going to the spa, etc. But, what about a way to deal with stress that is more mental than physical? Here's one tip that might help.

Make a list of the three things that are causing the most stress in your life. Next, write down what you would have to tell yourself on a daily basis so that these things no longer cause you stress or at least cause less stress.

For example, say one of those things is that your spouse will not pick up after themselves and it's really getting on your nerves.

Assuming that's the real issue (often it isn't), ask yourself how bad it really is. Is it really that big of a deal that the house is a little messy? And, then remind yourself that, while you may ask nicely for change, you cannot control what they do.

This is obviously a very simple example, but it's about putting things into a different perspective. And, ultimately, reducing your stress to help you stay on track in all areas of your life. Take the time to do this exercise (and still get some exercise, go to the spa, meditate, etc) and you'll find, over time, your stress level (or at least how you react to stress) will be reduced.

Best wishes!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIPPICHICK1 1/14/2014 8:13AM

    “Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”
― George MacDonald

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_LINDA 1/13/2014 11:06PM

    Its not how the situation affects you, its how you decide to respond to it. Its all in your attitude. If there is nothing you can do about the situation, then you must change your attitude to it. Things I don't do often enough -thinking before eating.
Great points!

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MNABOY 1/13/2014 9:43PM

    removing the stressor can be accomplished in several ways. Thanks for pointing that out and removing the helplessness we feel about the issues we don't control.

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BSTMAMAS 1/13/2014 9:35PM

    Very good point. I've worked hard on this the past couple years

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