Wouldn’t time be well spent reducing your stress?
Imagine – 80 to 85% of all human illnesses is related to stress – isn’t that oustanding? How much time will people be spending dealing with illness? Isn’t it worth it to do everything you can to reduce your stress every single day?
How? Well, first and foremost, put yourself first! That’s the first thing. Some of you will protest and say, “but I do!”. Ask yourself if that is true – do you really put yourself first or does your job come first? For many ambitious people, many hours every week at spent at work. Work is like play – if you spend too many hours running, you’ll be sore and stressed out. Spend too many hours skiing and it won’t be fun any more either. People don’t think that’s true until they have all the time in the world to do the activity or sport they want to do and find themselves avoiding it after a while.
Especially in today’s world packed with external stressors – email, others having constant access to you through your cell phone, the internet where you have to read so much before you can get to the information you need because of all the junk out there, heavy traffic, people crushed in subways and busses, pollution of water, soil and air, limited spaces in apartments which are getting smaller and smaller with less and less parks and green space outside to get some relief and the government and business crises all around you – all over the world!
If that wasn’t enough, then you have regular issues with relationships at work, at home, with friends and family – road rage and so much concern and worry with having friends and family losing jobs.
Do you think all of this has an impact on you? You bet – more than you know!
What to do? Again, you first – everything in your day must be you focused.
- Set a definite exercise period every single day.
- Eat well.
- Take a 15-minute break every two hours – do some stretching exercise and take at least 10 deep breaths
- Learn to say no. Assess how much is on your plate, how long it will take you to do what you have on your list now and how much time you have for fulfilling other requests on your time. If you don’t have any more time, then say no . . . . . nicely!
- Make sure that, every day, you have at least 1/2 hour to do something you really like – reading, drawing, sitting outside, reading the paper, talking to someone you really care about –
- Learn what makes you relax deeply – yoga, meditation, sitting alone for a few minutes under your favorite tree, daydreaming, working on your dream journal – it’s different for everyone
- Have hobbies that you really enjoy – and give you a sense of satisfaction – set aside a couple of hours every week to work on them
- Control your time – as you would take care of your money, take care of your time – a precious commodity!
Destress every day – all day – stay focused – take a walk when it all gets to be too much – the time you take now to destress may save you enormous amounts of time at the doctor or in the hospital later on –