Stress relief tips
In today's face-paced, hectic world,
stress-related illnesses are more common than the common cold.
We all face it, but how we deal with it makes the difference
between being healthy and being sick.
When you are feeling besieged, whether it's a boss breathing
down your back or your child screaming for dinner, the best way
to deal with the stress is to step away from it. Since it's not
possible to walk away from your job, or leave your child alone
screaming, you must learn to step away mentally when you can't
physically. The greatest way of dealing with stress is with
humor. Again, if you can't verbalize, internalize. When your
boss is demanding the impossible, try remembering the time when
he had broccoli stuck in his teeth or his tie was caught in his
zipper. This alleviates the inner-tension you are feeling as
well as putting your boss in perspective – he's just as fallible
as the rest of us.
Many times using humor can relieve tension and stress. In the
midst of a heated argument with your spouse or even your child,
saying something funny and totally off the wall can transform
the domestic dispute into a "family moment".
We are all overwhelmed by the chaotic times in which we live. We
are always running, dropping kids at day care, car-pooling to
baseball games, going to meetings, and we know all too well that
this constant rush to be somewhere ten minutes ago can lead to
road rage. First rule of thumb: when you're late, you're late
and there's really nothing you can do about it. Beeping your
horn, looking at your watch, and trying to change lanes isn't
going to get you there any faster. If you have cell phone, call
and explain your situation, then sit back and relax. Take a deep
breath and always keep an "emergency" cassette tape in your car.
Make a tape of your favorite, upbeat songs, that you can listen
to and sing along with while you're stuck in traffic, or make a
tape of your favorite stand-up comedian to listen to while all
the other drivers around you are busy fighting. Tune them out,
turn the music on and relax.
When family and work responsibilities overpower us, we are
useless to everyone, especially ourselves. To deal with the huge
amount of responsibilities we face on a daily basis follow the
three "ize"s. Prioritize, compartmentalize and visualize.
Since we can only do some many things at one time, prioritize.
If you have a report due but promised to take your child to the
playground, chance are you can do both. Work on your report
while your child plays in the sandbox. On the other hand, if you
have an important presentation due next week, a business trip
next month and a sick child today, compartmentalize. It's
useless to worry about next week today. Take care of your sick
child today and do not think about next week or next month.
Worrying about what will happen, what could happen or what won't
happen will only lead to nothing at all happening!!
When in a stressful situation totally beyond your control,
visualize. Close your eyes and picture yourself lying on a
beach, or strolling through a field of daisies. This
visualization has an extremely calming effect; you'll feel the
tension melting away be you will be prepared to face pressures
Remember also to make time for yourself. Treat yourself each day
to something special - a hot bubble bath, an ice cream cone, a
trashy novel. It doesn't have to be elaborate or take a lot of
time, it just has to make you feel good and relaxed.
Unfortunately, stress has become a necessary evil in our lives,
but with the right attitude, it won't engulf us. Remember, "when
life gives you lemons, make lemonade!"