“Relaxing with a Mental PDA” Your
5 minutes daily program to Stress management

We all have this favorite expression when it comes to being stressed
out, and I wouldn’t bother naming all of them since it may also vary in
different languages. But when it comes down to it, I think that it is
how we work or even relax, for that matter that triggers stress. Ever
been stressed even when you’re well relaxed and bored? I know I have.

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is important to find ways to decrease and prevent stressful incidents
and decrease negative reactions to stress. Here are some of the things
that can be done by just remembering it, since life is basically a
routine to follow like brushing your teeth or eating breakfast. You can
do a few of them in a longer span of time, but as they say– every
minute counts.

Managing time

Time management skills can allow you more time with your family and
friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. This
will help reduce your stress.

To improve your time management:

· Save time by focusing and concentrating, delegating, and
scheduling time for yourself.

· Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work,
family, and leisure time.

· Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and
urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and
meaningful to you.

· Manage your commitments by not over- or undercommitting.
Don’t commit to what is not important to you.

· Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking
large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.

· Examine your beliefs to reduce conflict between what you
believe and what your life is like.

Build healthy coping strategies

It is important that you identify your coping strategies. One way to do
this is by recording the stressful event, your reaction, and how you
cope in a stress journal. With this information, you can work to change
unhealthy coping strategies into healthy ones-those that help you focus
on the positive and what you can change or control in your life.

Lifestyle

Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect your stress level. They may
not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your
body seeks relief from stress. Try to:

· Balance personal, work, and family needs and obligations.

· Have a sense of purpose in life.

· Get enough sleep, since your body recovers from the
stresses of the day while you are sleeping.

· Eat a balanced diet for a nutritional defense against
stress.

· Get moderate exercise throughout the week.

· Limit your consumption of alcohol.

· Don’t smoke.

Social support

Social support is a major factor in how we experience stress. Social
support is the positive support you receive from family, friends, and
the community. It is the knowledge that you are cared for, loved,
esteemed, and valued. More and more research indicates a strong
relationship between social support and better mental and physical
health.

Changing thinking

When an event triggers negative thoughts, you may experience fear,
insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of
worthlessness or powerlessness. These emotions trigger the body’s
stress, just as an actual threat does. Dealing with your negative
thoughts and how you see things can help reduce stress.

· Thought-stopping helps you stop a negative thought to help
eliminate stress.

· Disproving irrational thoughts helps you to avoid
exaggerating the negative thought, anticipating the worst, and
interpreting an event incorrectly.

· Problem solving helps you identify all aspects of a
stressful event and find ways to deal with it.

· Changing your communication style helps you communicate in
a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down,
hostile, or intimidated. This reduces the stress that comes from poor
communication. Use the assertiveness ladder to improve your
communication style.

Even writers like me can get stressed even though we’re just using our
hands to do the talking, but having to sit for 7 or 8 hours is already
stressful enough and have our own way to relieve stress. Whether you’re
the mail guy, the CEO, or probably the average working parent, stress
is one unwanted visitor you would love to boot out of your homes,
especially your life.

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Diane Higgins

Diane Higgins

"Be your authentic self it's the path to success."-Psychologist Diane Higgins has authored numerous papers and has lectured extensively helping people find their authentic self, learn to be being purposeful and develop positive thinking. Diane is the author and/or editor of our Self Help Section.
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