The A through S of Stress Relief
as we might like to believe it, no one lives a stress-free
life. It's just that some guys are better
at handling it than others. What are their secrets? I don't know
them all, but I can take you as far as the letter S:
a positive attitude toward the past. Mistakes happen, and
your attitude is the only thing about the past you can change.
from the routine. There's a reason why they call it "the
the phone. The phone can be a empowering tool or a nuisance
that interrupts every thought. Consider using an
machine when you
don't want to talk.
Each cup of coffee cranks you up to fully experience stress.
It's documented to relieve stress and help prevent depression.
new friends...and keep the old. When you're not the center
of your life, stress won't be either.
a checkup. The stress you feel about seeing the doctor can
be only be relieved by
a schedule. Plan your work, your play, and your relaxation,
so you'll be sure to find time for
your communication skills. Learn to say what you think and
to really listen when others
say no—when it's appropriate
If you're the kind who always says yes, learn
when it's time to decline.
a smile on your face. Research has shown that a smile—even
if it's pasted on—starts you on the
way to being happy.
new skills. The antidote to worry about losing your job is
to make yourself
your weight. Stress can lead to overeating, and being overweight
eat for relief.
your work environment. Stress can come from noise, an uncomfortable
chair, or poor lighting.
openly. If you get angry, say so—before you can't express
your pet. Sometimes we need a nonjudgemental friend.
the booze. The stress relief is only temporary, and temper
Meditation techniques are proven stress-relievers.
spirituality. Whatever your preference, a spiritual
confident that you can fill out the rest of the
alphabet. And by
the stress went.
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