Friday, March 19, 2010

A to Z of stress management

A-lways take time for yourself, at least 30 minutes per day.

B-e aware of your own stress meter: Know when to step back and cool down.

C-oncentrate on controlling your own situation, without controlling everybody else.

D-aily exercise will burn off the stress chemicals.

E-at lots of fresh fruit, veggies, bread and water; give your body the best for it to perform at its best.

F-orgive others, don't hold grudges and be tolerant -- not everyone is as capable as you.

G-ain perspective on things, how important is the issue?

H-ugs, kisses and laughter: Have fun and don't be afraid to share your feelings with

I-dentify stressors and plan to deal with them better next time.

J-udge your own performance realistically; don't set goals out of your own reach.

K-eep a positive attitude, your outlook will influence outcomes and the way others treat you.

L-imit alcohol, drugs and other stimulants, they affect your perception and behavior.

M-anage money well, seek advice and save at least 10 per cent of what you earn.

N-o is a word you need to learn to use without feeling guilty.

O-utdoor activities by you, or with friends and family, can be a great way to relax.

P-lay your favorite music rather than watching television.

Q-uit smoking: It is stressing your body daily, not to mention killing you too.

R-elationships: Nurture and enjoy them, learn to listen more and talk less.

S-leep well, with a firm mattress and a supportive pillow; doesn’t overheat you and allow plenty of ventilation.

T-reat yourself once a week with a massage, dinner out, and the movies: Moderation is the key.

U-nderstand things from the other person's point of view.

V-erify information from the source before exploding.

W-orry less; it really does not get things completed better or quicker.
X-press: Make a regular retreat to your favorite space, make holidays part of your yearly plan and budget.

Y-early goal setting: Plan what you want to achieve based on your priorities in your career, relationships, etc.

Z-est for life: Each day is a gift, smile and be thankful that you are a part of the bigger picture.

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