Stress test…


Stress.

Doesn’t it seem like it should be a four letter word?

What if I suggested it doesn’t have to be?

Most of us have fallen under the illusion that stress is an inevitable part of life but the reality is that it’s possible for us to manage stress rather than having stress manage us.  Like everything else that we’re successful with, it’s a matter of implementing little changes here and there which will slowly but surely reduce the negative impact of stress in our lives.

Wouldn’t you like to be more relaxed, healthier, happier, more content?

Me too.

That’s why I recently made a conscious effort to start incorporating things on this list into my life, just to see what would happen.  To be honest, at first it seemed like just another ‘to do’ list – and that felt like stress in and of itself.  But, as time went by, doing some of these things began to feel like second nature, and I started to notice a positive difference in my stress levels.  Dare I say that more days than not now, I feel refreshed, not stressed.

It’s a great feeling.

Being less stressed has freed me to be more creative, to pay more attention to the things I want to pay attention to, and to make more progress at working toward some of the goals I’ve set for myself.

When stress manages us, it’s like a ball and chain around our ankle.  When we manage stress, it’s like we find our wings.

Has anyone else noticed that life is a four letter word, and stress and death aren’t?  Who knows, maybe four letter words will start to get a better rap.  After all, there’s a first time for everything.

When it comes to stress, let’s resolve to pass the test!

– Wake up 15 minutes earlier
– Prepare for the morning, the night before
– Don’t rely on your memory…write things down
– Repair things that don’t work properly
– Make duplicate keys
– Say ‘”no” more often
– Set priorities in your life
– Avoid negative people
– Always make copies of important papers
– Ask for help with jobs you dislike
– Break large tasks into bit sized portions
– Look at problems as challenges
– Smile more
– Be prepared for rain
– Schedule  play time into every day
– Avoid tight fitting clothes
– Take a bubble bath
– Believe in you
– Visualise yourself winning
– Develop a sense of humour
– Have goals for yourself
– Say hello to a stranger
– Look up at the stars
– Practise breathing slowly
– Do brand new things
– Stop a bad habit
– Take stock of your achievements
– Do it today
– Strive for excellence, not perfection
– Maintain your weight
– Plant a tree
– Learn to meet your own needs
– Become a better listener
– Know your limitations and let others know them too
– Throw a paper airplane
– Exercise every day
– Get to work early
– Clean out one closet or drawer
– Take a different route to work
– Leave work early (with permission)
– Remember you always have options
– Quit trying to fix other people
– Get enough sleep
– Praise other people
– Take each day at a time…you have your whole life to live
– Take time out to just ‘be’ everyday
– Do one thing at a time
– Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today

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8 thoughts on “Stress test…

    1. Hi Beverly,

      Thanks for your comment! I don’t think there can ever be too many ways to reduce stress :). I hope things are going well with you. I’m overdue to send you a note. Maybe this weekend!

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