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#207: Five Ways to Beat Stress

Friday, January 22, 2010

Stress is a silent, ever-present killer.

In our lives there are many things we can control and a great many things we can not. The things we can control are usually not even thought of in the course of a day. The things we can’t control, are, hopefully, recognized and compensated for when they arise.

Here are some easy ways to defeat stress.

EATING RIGHT

Don't simply drive into a fast food joint and order a greasy burger and greasy fries and then wonder why you don’t feel all that well. This not feeling well just adds more stress. Follow SP and other guidelines that call for fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Proper eating will provide the fuel needed to stave off fatigue that adds to feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed.

MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

Don't be a workaholic. When you're done with work, leave. Take a walk by yourself, spend quiet time relaxing reading or with a hot bath. Enjoy the peace and replenish your soul.

ON YOUR DAYS OFF

Forget work and forget not working out. It's a day off for a reason. To recuperate from the week till that point. You need time to decompress and unwind. Enjoy being around the wife or husband and kids or enjoy doing something you like.

DEVELOP HOBBIES

It doesn't matter what they are -- skiing, golf, hunting, fishing, bowling, knitting, painting -- whatever. Hobbies are a great way to get rid of anxiety and stress. You’re doing something you like and your mind is off your daily obligations and responsibilities. Try not to make your hobby work related.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT CO-WORKERS.

You can’t get two or more co-workers together for more than five seconds without the conversation turning to work. With this in mind, meet people from other professions to network or join groups that have a common interest -- sports, hobbies, etc.

Stress has indeed been called a silent killer. But it needn't be if we take care of ourselves and follow these five simple rules to help balance work, home and play.
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  • WALNUT5612
    What wonderful advice!!!
    4046 days ago
  • ROXANNEGREY
    What great advice! Doing the right things isn't always what I feel like doing...have to make the decision in advance. Keeping a prayer in my heart gets me through the day...there really aren't any bad days.
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    4046 days ago
  • THEADMIRAL
    Again, great and timely reminders for me! emoticon It's been pretty stressful for our family this month. I need to apply all these suggestions so that I can be supportive instead of needing support.
    4053 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5411411
    Great reminders. Thanks for sharing
    4056 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I think I do pretty well in all categories. Thanks for the checklist!
    4056 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    Those are 5 good tips Lou, thanks for sharing them. I have read that when you are under extra stress it is also good to take a B Vitamin and as you know meditation and prayer does wonders .
    4056 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6035648
    emoticon Stress? What stress? I don't have any stress? emoticon Lol.. Thank you for the reminders..
    Usually when I'm more stressed than usual, I want a greasy burger, the greasier (more greasy?) the better! Either that or I just shut down totally and crave sleep.. The later has been the norm the past couple of weeks..
    Thank you again.. good post!
    4056 days ago
  • TIME4ANEWME47
    Great reminders!!! Thanks Lou!
    4057 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Lou, how do you always know just what we need to hear when you post your blogs? I needed this so badly tonight. Thank you for another wonderful post.
    4057 days ago
  • KATIE4KIDS
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  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Great reminders!
    4057 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    Great blog! Thanks.
    4057 days ago
  • GRANDTEETON
    Amen...I agree...stress is # 1 problem in my life...as far as everything..work, diet, exercise, etc etc...leads to my struggles with emotional eating.

    Thanks for posting this!
    4057 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Thank you for sharing this, Lou. I hadn't realized just how much the stress of the last few weeks has been affecting me until I had a mini-meltdown. It sure is a sneaky little bugger, and it saps the life right out of all the good we do for ourselves. Thanks again, my insightful friend.

    *hugs*

    Missy
    4057 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    I love these ideas. I'm retired but remember all too well that you are right about betting co-workers together and talking of something other than work...NOT. Since I am retired I really am busier than I ever was before because I am catching up on all the things that I put off while working. So now I have to work on a hobby to relieve some of the stress I put myself through over not getting something finished when I feel I should. Great reminder, Lou.
    Gaye
    4057 days ago
  • DKAB55
    As usual Lou, wonderful advice.

    Have a Blessed weekend!
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    4057 days ago
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