Stress Management Tips

Write Down Your Mental Baggage

I’m not talking about a check list here, I’m talking about everything. In the morning is the best time, I find, to do this.

Get a notebook and start writing anything that comes to your mind. It’s like meditating on paper. Just be an observer of your own thoughts, without judging, arguing or debating with them. Just write it all down. It doesn’t have to make sense, it can include any colorful language you want it to, it can be scribbling. It can jump crazily from topic to topic to incomplete topic. You don’t have to finish any thought it your brains on to the next one. Write for 2-3 minutes non-stop. Then continue on with your day.

You don’t have to read it, in fact, don’t read it, and resist the urge to go back and read it, you’re not going to be submitting it anywhere and no one else is going to see it. There’s something about letting yourself think and vent on paper that clarifies ideas, re-focuses attention on what’s important and makes everything more manageable. If you do nothing else in this list, do this one thing.

Improve Your Thinking

When an event triggers negative thoughts, you may experience fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body’s stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.

Get Support

Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and the community. It is the knowledge that you are cared for, loved, esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.

Have a Good Look at the Way You Live

Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect your stress level. They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your body seeks relief from stress.

  • Balance your career life with your personal life
  • Have a sense of purpose in life.
  • Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
  • Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defense against stress.
  • Get moderate exercise throughout the week.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke.

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