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At the Benson-Henry Institute, we are constantly reviewing research and other scientifically-validated information on stress management that we can pass onto our patients and clients. We have compiled an easy-to-use list of 38 specific tips that people have found to be helpful, even on the most hectic days.
38 Stress Busters
- Start off your day with breakfast.
- Occasionally change your routine by meeting, a friend or co-worker for breakfast -- allow time to relax and enjoy it.
- Find some time during the day to meditate or listen to a relaxation CD.
- Instead of drinking coffee all day, switch to fruit juice.
- Organize your work -- set priorities.
- Don't try to be perfect. Don't feel like you must do everything.
- Avoid trying to do two or three or more things at a time.
- Develop a support network.
- If possible, reduce the noise level in your environment.
- Always take a lunch break (preferably not at your desk).
- Optimize your health with good nutrition, sleep and rest.
- Get regular exercise.
- Celebrate birthdays and other holidays. Turn more events into special occasions.
- Look at unavoidable stress as an avenue for growth and change.
- Avoid people who are "stress carriers."
- Avoid people who are "negaholics."
- Don't watch the 11 p.m. news.
- Give yourself praise and positive strokes.
- Develop a variety of resources for gratification in your life, whether it's family, friends, hobbies, interests, special weekends or vacations.
- Treat yourself to "new and good things."
- Be assertive. Learn to express your needs and differences, to make requests, and to say "no" constructively.
- Seek out the emotional resources available to you- co-workers, spouse, friends and family.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help.
- Allow extra time to get to appointments.
- Take deep breaths when you feel stressed.
- Try to find something funny in a difficult situation.
- Find ways to protect yourself ... take an occasional "mental health day."
- Adopt a pet.
- Take a mindful walk.
- Understand that we do not all see or do things in the same way.
- Practice mindfulness -- learn to live in the moment.
- Become a less aggressive driver.
- Show kindness and consideration: Open a door for someone, pick up litter, etc.
- When stressed, ask yourself "Is this really important?" and "Will this really matter a year from now?"
- Resist the urge to judge or criticize.
- Become a better listener.
- Be flexible with change -- things don't always go as we planned.
- If religious, pray; speak to God, a higher power, or your inner guide.
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