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Habits That Help You Manage Your Stress

Discussion in 'Health Issues' started by sunkan, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    Habits That Help You Manage Your Stress


    Today we have more stress in our lives than ever before – good stress, bad stress, red stress, blue stress . No matter what kind of stress it is, a real crisis or an imagined one, stress is incredibly harmful to our body, mind and soul.


    Here are a few self-care habits for dealing with stress


    1. Get in the habit of noticing.


    Take an inventory of all the things that just don't feel right in your life or that you know are causing you stress. For example, when you approach certain people, places or situations do you feel more stress and tension? Once you have your list in place, look at what you can change yourself, and do it. You can also use this list to predict stressful situations before they occur.


    2. Get in the habit of asking for help.



    For what you can't change yourself, you need a team. Build a team of experts to handle your list. A coach, at the top of the list, will help with the big picture and will keep you honest about your efforts. Other team members might be a family doctor who listens to you, a financial planner, a massage therapist and an exercise partner.



    3. Get in the habit of bouncing back.


    Think of Plan A as your basic self-care plan while stress is under control. Now imagine something happens and you are under stress. Instead of abandoning all self-care because you can't do it all, have a Plan B ready beforehand.


    4. Get in the habit of relaxing.


    If you practice relaxation techniques (breathing, meditation, imagery, music) every day, then when stressful situations come up you'll have the tools at your fingertips.


    5. Get in the habit of gratitude.


    Our attitude comes from our emotions and our emotions come from our thoughts. Thinking about what we're grateful for and what we're good at can keep things positive. It's not about shying away from what's challenging you - it's about approaching life from a place of strength and not as a victim.


    6. Get in the habit of creating.


    Experiment with a new recipe in the kitchen, write a poem, bang a drum, do a craft, take a dance class or do something else that feels creative to you.


    7. Get in the habit of putting your stuff away.


    Physical clutter can really impact mental, emotional and physical health. Get rid of things that don't make you happy when you look at them. Organize your stuff. Find a place for everything and keep it there.

    8. Get in the habit of breathing.



    This is the simplest and quickest way to relax yourself in a stressful situation. The minute you focus on your breathing it automatically gets slower and deeper.

    9. Get in the habit of daydreaming.


    Take yourself away on an imaginary holiday. Just close your eyes and go! Picture somewhere you've been or somewhere you've dreamed of.


    10. Get in the habit of giggling.


    Laugh out loud every day.
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  2. libran23

    libran23 Senior IL'ite

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    Hi,

    Really nice and helpful info.

    Cheers,

    Anshita
     
  3. Devika Menon

    Devika Menon Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Sunkan,

    Sunkan here , Sunkan there. Sunkan , Sunkan everywhere!!

    And with a plethora of topics. My God you are a living enclyclopadia.and Kudos to your efforts to bring us so much information!

    Yes Sunkan Stress relieving is so important these days not only among adults but also among children as your daughter Priya put forth so sensibly in her post"Do children play enough".

    I am sure a lot of us can implement a lot many things from this post into out daily lives.

    Regards,

    Devika
     
  4. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    dear devika,
    now is exam time and i come across people taking out all their stress on children not because they want to but just because they are themselves scared about the child's exam so let us not pile up as they have enough of their own.

    during my PUC i remember my mother took me to see night show rajesh khanna's film as he was my favorite, i dont remember exact movie may be kati patang, but i did pass out with a first class, a child has to study year around and start with revision from nov or dec itself then the child will have enough time to finish what he has not or has doubt,.

    another thing the holidays given for study is not for them to keep at it all the time but to leisurely take it when and where possible, if parents start bugging them, they may loose out and many suicides during this time due to high pressure from the parents is more than the child himself, so am bringing all those that can help parents keep cool now..sunkan
     
  5. aishu22

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    Dear Sunkan,
    Very useful and informative.Thanks a ton.Timely need for me as the work pressure is sooo much..
     
  6. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    thanks aishu,
    if you notice i keep posting to destress a lot pl do compile and keep it together i am sure they will help u and others around u too, just print and post it in places where u relax and you will get into the habit to following somethings there..sunkan
     
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    madhu11 Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Sunkan,

    Very good habits to follow. Thank you for posting.Bow
     
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    Sindhuja Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Sunkan,
    Thanks for the tips to manage stress.

    regards,
     
  9. sunkan

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    dear sindhuja, madhu and aishu,
    thanku happy u people will find it useful...sunkan
     
  10. Serenity_John

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    thnxx for the post!!!

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