blog #594 Beating Stress (III)

Are you STRESSED? Stressed 3

Two days ago, we started a mini-series on stress.  Today we are looking on how to fight too-much stress.

The article stated:

“If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies, such as:

-* Regular physical activity

-* Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or getting a massage

-* Keeping a sense of humor

-* Socializing with family and friends

-* Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music

-* Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress — such as watching television, surfing the Internet or playing video games — may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.

-* And be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol intake, and the use of illicit substances.”

Sounds like good suggestions!!!  In my looking at stress, physical activity seems to be on the top of most lists.  Get out and walk, and your troubles will (at least temporarily) leave your mind.

Clear your brain – actively.  Thinking you can relax by watching TV or surfing the net is like my first five minutes in bed at night.  Many nights, as my head hits the pillow, I remember things I need to do. Notes for the students I tutor, a note to myself on something I should do on the next day, even to setting things out for morning.  Find a hobby, do an activity. Even assembling a puzzle or doing knitting or crocheting is better than watching television as your mind will become lost in the activity.

And, on almost every list is get plenty of sleep.  [Here is a link of things to get to sleep faster – I’ll come back to it someday –  

You need to relax.  Recently I wrote about the unplug day and the concept of the ‘sabbath’ as a day of rest.  “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy”.

You might want to print out the items above and place them on your mirror or elsewhere so you can force yourself to relax and free yourself from stress!!!


(I talked of the stress I had before my aorta/heart surgery.  There were three particular items that were in my brain. I needed to get them out of my mind – but I didn’t.  A perceived wrong was ‘debated’ in my brain for weeks. Sound I approach the person to reconcile? Did he know he had hurt me?  The same with a second situation – what should I do on another event where I thought I was right. Now, almost two years later, I think about the title of a book (that I only briefly read – “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff”.  In the big scheme of things the things I was worried about weren’t important to my life, and yet they (at least to me at that time) were instrumental in my health condition – and the more I fretted, the bigger the problems were. I eventually asked for reconciliation on the one, and wrote the second item off as “small potatoes” – and that the person was probably right in his judgment of me.)

Posted by Bruce White

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