Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: 10 Stress Busters

Want a better way to stay well? DE-STRESS

Therese J. Borchard suggests these ten ways to de-stress in her article

1. Simplify: Cut your to-do list in half. If you were to die tomorrow, what can you live with not accomplishing today?

2. Prioritize: Identify what is most important rather than being at the mercy of trivial matters such as random text messages. Or, things that matter most should never be at the mercy of things that matter the least.
3. Use Pencil, Not Pen: Stay flexible to change and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!   A wise man once said, “that’s why pencils have erasers!”

4. Give Away your Cape: Surrender to limitations and conditions such as sacrificing a good night’s sleep to accomplish 4 additional loads of laundry.

5. Collaborate and Cooperate: Realize that others have to-do lists very similar to yours, work with them to help not only yourself but each other. 

6. Laugh: Humor can heal. Laughter can also boost the immune system and has been found to boost a person’s ability to fight viruses and reduce stress hormones in the body. 

7. Exercise: Exercise relieves stress in a number of ways.  (Releases endorphins which calm the mind and buffer against stress, helps to maintain metabolic functioning as we age and combat the chemical changes that stress induces).

8. Stop Juggling: By eliminating your habit of multitasking, you will decrease your stress.  While multi-tasking is a great buzz word in the workplace, in our own personal lives, it can lead to scattered thinking if we are constantly doing this.

9. Build Boundaries: Designate a place and time for certain things so that your brain doesn't have to wear so many hats at the same time. Don’t be afraid to assert yourself by saying “no” when the situation warrants it. For example, if you can’t attend a friend’s party in a week, affirm her invitation by showing gratitude, explaining that you have certain priorities you must attend to, but you will gladly attend the next

10. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Most of it is all small stuff.  Feel free to check in with yourself every now and then and tell yourself “I’m taking this too seriously.”  You’ll quickly move on to bigger and better things rather than endlessly ruminating about something you can’t change or isn’t that important in the first place.

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