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Saturday, May 10, 2008

10 Ways You Can Manage Stress

I do not believe anyone can honestly say that stress hasn't affected your life from time to time. Some people are chronic stressers...Stress can affect our life deeply and that includes are health as well.

Here are some tips from Ediets that can help manage your stress

1. Be clear on what you want and stay committed when going for it. Don't get sideswiped by all the little things that come up. Prioritize what must be done -- then do them one at a time. Set boundaries and say NO to those things that are not truly important to you right now.

2. Ask for help! You don't need to do it alone! Sometimes you may need more support than a friend can provide. There are professionals out there and lots of self-help resources. You don't need to be a Lone Ranger -- even he had Tonto!

3. Deal with what is within your control. If it's outside your control, don't worry about it. Look at what is within your control and decide what you can do to create positive change. Be realistic in what you can do: rather than picking 10 things to work on, pick one or two. Give yourself small steps to take to effect change, and celebrate the changes you make!

4. Take care of you! A bubble bath, a 10-minute walk on your coffee break, a massage -- you are your greatest asset. Ensure you are taking care of yourself. Exercise, eat right, hydrate and get your sleep! How we treat our body, mind and spirit affects our emotions, behaviors, actions and results. Take good care of you.

5. Keep a journal. Write whatever you choose and however you want. Just write! Write whatever is on your mind, what your successes are for the day and finish off by writing at least five things that you are grateful for that day.

6. Breathe! When we are stressed, our breath is shallow and we don't get enough oxygen. So take a breath break whenever you think of it and take some deep belly breaths. Concentrate on your breathing. Better yet, take a mini-vacation -- visualize you're on the beach in Maui or somewhere else that calms you while you're on your breath break!

7. Relax! Find a relaxation technique and use it! Listen to some great music or a relaxation or meditation CD. Meditate. Go for a walk. It may seem strange at first, but keep at it!

8. Let go of expectations! It's when our expectations and reality don't match that we get into that really stressed state!

9. Act rather than react! Start recognizing your thoughts. When you start to get upset, stop! Breathe! Ask yourself whether you want to go down that road. Will it get you the desired result you want? If not, change directions.

10. Be compassionate with yourself -- treat yourself as your own best friend! Don't get down on yourself for what you aren't doing, acknowledge yourself for what you are doing and celebrate your successes.

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