Stress Management Tips For The New Year
I hope everybody was enjoying the final moments of last year and ready for new challenges. I also hope that you could spend some quality time with your family, friends and loved ones; remembering the fun, loving and joyous moments of 2010.
Now, let´s get more serious.
No, actually not. Just be the same easy-going person who you have been, the person who uses her or his sense of humor to overcome obstacles in life and who sees the bright side of any event or opportunity.
Embrace fun and a whole new box of infinite opportunities will open up for you.
Stress management tips and techniques
Use self massage when you can - simply rubbing one palm with the thumb from your other hand can release endorphins - move up to the spots behind your ears and really feel tension dissolve!
Create a mantra; personal affirmations can boost self confidence and self-esteem and silence internal criticism which could be contributing to stress.
Write it down, a journal is a great way to divest yourself of the junk you carry around all day - spill it out on paper and let it go before you lay down to sleep.
Schedule five minutes a day for worry. Anytime you feel like worrying through the day, identify the source and ask yourself if worrying about it right this minute will help. If not, shelve the issue until worry time - which should be NOT right before going to sleep.
Get a pet. Pets are proven stress reducers. If you can't have a pet, find a friend who has one and schedule time for brushing it - it will make you feel better!
Be mindful. Focus on a single thing to the exclusion of all else for a bit - eat a handful of grapes with your eyes closed, stare at a cloud, or examine a object from your desk with minute care. You can even write down all your observations. This is calming as well as interesting.
Phone a pal. Share the burden instead of trying to carry it all yourself. A chat with a buddy can help you put everything in perspective. It can also garner you some caring advice, a shoulder to cry on, comfort and love.
Make a plan to do something special just for you - even if it is as mundane as reading a chapter in a book, or cooking a small treat. A spa appointment can make you feel pampered, or a new color of nail polish.
Choose three stress management tips to make your own this week, and practice them daily!
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