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Ways to deal with stress

Stress is a given in every life, only some have that stress more than others.

Stress is a normal part of living, it serves to keep us on our toes, gives us that little edge. Yet, if we are actually “stressed out,” running on adrenaline most of the time, overwhelmed by too much to do in too little time, our B/P up and heart rate accelerated, then we are in trouble.

There are actually things to do to help with our stress. The pamphlet “60 Ways to Beat Stress,” by the editors of “Women’s Health,” tells us the real scoop on the subject.

If we find ourselves reacting to 1) work pressures, 2) personal pressures 3) when we have gone from doing things for ourselves to little self- care, 4) when our emotions are showing signs of too much anger, low energy, fatigue, loss of interest in pleasure, and we have that keyed-up feeling, plus 5) our personal power is diminishing, then it is certainly time to “bust that burnout,” and find and implement strategies for reducing stress.

In this informative guide, “60 Ways to Beat Stress,” there are many helpful suggestions for getting back on track in life, not doing away with stress, but finding little things to relieve stress so that we are respecting our bodies and enjoying life. The following are some of the methods offered:

  1. Take frequent breaks. Get up from your desk at work, stretch, walk to the water cooler about every 45 minutes.
  2. Start small. Make only one or two changes and incorporate them into daily activity, For example, eating breakfast each morning, eating more vegetables and fruits, setting a time away from work for lunch are all positive habits that may have a big impact on our lives.
  3. Delegate more. This can be done on the job and even at home.
  4. Learn to say “no.” Then we can say yes to anything we want and do a better job.
  5. Be realistic about time. Properly assess just how long a project will take. Avoid multitasking.
  6. Clear off your desk. Having a tidy desk will give you more clarity for the jobs you do.
  7. Hydrate and drink water. Going to that water cooler may not be a bad idea!
  8. Call in sick. It has been proven, says the editor in the article, that when sick employees show up for work, they are more vulnerable to disease, particularly heart disease.

Advocated is having a pet that you love and feel comfortable around. Generally, once you have such a pet, there is less stress in life as a result, than from having a husband or a friend to talk to.

Clear up the mental clutter, he says. Making a to-do list is not a bad idea. And schedule higher priority items first. Reward yourself. “And keep a notebook, it is writing down all to-do lists, the phone messages…. and the minutiae of life, that seems to help a person… is in the process of writing and categorizing information that reinforced the patient’s ability to access and retain it.”

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