Wednesday, April 29, 2009

stress me NOT!♥Reduce Stress Part I

Rule # 1: Avoid Unnecessary Stress
Learn how to say “no” –
Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress.
Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
Take control of your environment –
If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore have a friend go with you.
Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it’s the topic of discussion.
Pare down your to-do list –
Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

These coping strategies may temporarily reduce stress, but they cause more damage in the long run:

-Drinking too much
-Overeating or undereating
-Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
-Withdrawing from friends, family, and
-Using pills or drugs to relax
-Sleeping too much
-Filling up every minute of the day
to avoid facing problems
-Taking out your stress on others (lashing out,
angry outbursts, physical violence)

My Source:
Healthy Kisses-Nikki


Dance of Lyfe said...

This is great advice. I think the hardest for me is when it comes to avoiding people that stress you..its hard to get rid of stressful relationships, because it is stressful just ending those kind of relationships. If the person doesn't understand your need for might find yourself in another stressful situation. This is from my own personal experience. :)k

♥Nikki D.City Star♥ said...

Such interesting points you made DanceofLyfe! Life can just be stressful at times period, but hopefully these tips will help someone out. I've been practicing them and my life is MUCH less stressful. Thanks for the great input.

gor(jess). said...

very good advice ! its something i need to really take . honestly its the hardest thing for me ever to cut people off, but i no its a must if i want to exclude the toxic from my life. something im still working on ...but yeah i also alwayssss take more than i can handle , just cus i like doing favors and helping ppl out =/ just ends up with me getting stressed.

thanks for pointing out things though; i never realized the reasons really to why id get stressed.

♥Nikki D.City Star♥ said...

Thanks gorjess! Glad I pointed these things out to you. Its great to be kind and giving at the same time make sure the relationship you have with yourself is best the relationship you have in this world, meaning put your well-being over other things sometimes.
Kisses sweetie :)