For every moment you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
How to minimize stress?
Where is your stress coming from? Is the daily pressure mounting inside or outside of you? Do you feel stressed on a daily basis or just occasionally? Are you subconsciously adding to your feelings of frustration?
Perhaps you are sabotaging your self by not being honest about what you need. Here are some ways you can reduce your stress level by determining what it is you really need.
The first step to correcting a problem is to identify where we have a problem. Many times we don’t know what we don’t know. Once we know better, we do better.
Here are some common frustrations and irritants that can be corrected to give us more serenity in life. Correct these, and you will be able to stop your stress before it stops your career success.
1. Skipping meals and poor nutrition. Eat regularly and make healthy choices.
2. Food or environmental allergies. Especially dairy, wheat, peanuts. It might be a good ideas to be tested for allergies
3. Trying to please everyone. It is impossible, so don’t waste your time.
4. Poor organizational skills, so we have to spend time looking for needed items.
5. Constant noise, no time to think. Enforce periods of quiet.
6. Self-medicating yourself with food, drink, medicine, nicotine or caffeine
7. Blaming other people or trying to control their behavior and choices. You are responsible for yourself, and no one else.
8. Passive aggressive behavior. Speak up for what you need in an assertive voice.
9. Neglecting to recognize how many things you do right every day. Give yourself credit for all the good things you accomplish.
10. Living in the past or the future. Don’t worry about what you did yesterday or what you will do tomorrow Be grateful for today.
The acronym S-T-R-E-S-S is an easy one to remember:
S—Stop your thoughts-you cannot think a positive and negative thought at same time.
T—Take a deep breath, or two or three.
R—Reflect on who owns the problem. If it’s not yours, let it go.
E—Evaluate if it is worth a heart attack. It probably isn’t.
S—See a picture in your mind of a calm sea, a green mountain, a soft blanket, any image that relaxes you.
S—Say out loud over and over; “This too shall pass.”