January 29, 2010
How to beat stress? Okay, I didn't make up a new list on my own, because lots of great people out there have already made several excellent compilations of advice and guidance on stress reducers. What I'm providing here is a subset of that stuff on the web -- lists that I found helpful, and a little bit different, coming from different sources. Sure, they may have some overlap on the most obvious tips, but each has something good to share.
Here's 103 Stress Reducers, with my take on each of these lists:
6 Natural Stress Reducers
What you would expect -- music, laughing. Some not so easy to do when you're stressed, like "think positive"....
52 Proven Stress Reducers
No big explanations, but some good stuff. Like getting up 15 minutes earlier, that works for me. Actually, I love this list. Good stuff here - like don't hang around worrywarts, and unplugging your phone.
37 Ways to Calm Down Fast
I like the title here, a positive attitude right off the bat. This list is from Reader's Digest, and it's got a few gems (although all these lists do overlap after awhile, of course). Some tips I thought were really useful: buy yourself flowers for your desk every week; several that deal with how you start your day -- rituals, etc.; finding a personal credo (I've got to find mine).
8 Immediate Stress Busters
This is a list made by physicians, and it's got good practical advice in it. Like checking your posture, consciously slowing down your speech, and eating little snacks of nutritiously-dense foods along with drinking plenty of water. And a fun one: plan on giving yourself a little reward at the end of the day. Nice doctors.