May 29, 2010

Stress Reducers

Everyone of us is experiencing stress. People at work or in the office, students at school, parents at home, and even those who are on vacation do experience stress.

According to TheFreeDictionary.com, stress is a mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. It also refers to the worry experienced by a person in particular circumstances, or the state of anxiety caused by this. There are many signs of stress overload identified by psychologists. A few signs people who are experiencing stress overload may notice include: anxiety or panic attacks; a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried; irritability and moodiness; problems sleeping; drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs; and sadness or depression.

I have been working as home-based Indexer for more than 2 years already. I always thought that working at home is stress-free for you can work at any time you want without the wary eye of your manager. But, I was wrong. Or maybe I was right and it's just the way how I manage my time in working at home, spending time with my family and running a few errands. Whatever it is, I still experience stress. I guess I just have to find ways to reduce or manage it.

When I enter the word stress to any search engine, it provides a large amount of search results and lists a number of information and articles regarding stress management, its causes and effects, symptoms, treatment and prevention, and so on. Reading them all and familiarizing the ways or tips on reducing and managing stress might also be stressful. Writing them down perhaps would be a good way to remember them. Thus, this is what I intend to do here, to put down a list of stress reducers. Not all of them though because some stress reducers or tips may not be applicable to me but applicable to anyone else.
Here's a list of stress reducers I got from the Hope Heart Institute of Seattle, Washington.
  1. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it today; whatever you want to do today, do it now. Hard work is simply the accumulation of easy things you didn't do when you should have done them.
  2. Organize your home and work area so that everything has a place. You won't have to go through the stress of losing things.
  3. Write things down: don't rely on your memory. (Trying to remember not to forget is stressful.)
  4. Plan ahead. Schedule a realistic day.
  5. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass does not get mowed this weekend.
  6. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercises.
  7. Make friends with nonworriers.
  8. Everyday find a time for solitude and introspection. Seek out quiet places.
  9. Say "No, thank you" to projects you don't have the time or energy for.
  10. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are 50 to 100 blessings. Count them.
  11. Do nothing that, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  12. Put brain in gear before opening your mouth. Before saying anything, ask yourself if what you are about to say is (1) true, (2) kind, and (3) necessary. If it's not all three, K.M.S. (Keep your Mouth Shut).
  13. If an unpleasant or difficult task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with.
  14. Do one thing at a time. And do at least one thing you really enjoy.
  15. Get enough sleep. Use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed, if necessary.
  16. To relax instantly, breathe as if you were trying to inflate an imaginary balloon in your stomach. Inhale slowly to the count of 10. Then exhale slowly to the count of 10. Repeat.
  17. Practice labeling situations differently. Resisting the temptation to exaggerate the situations, and labeling situations with the appropriate word, can reduce stress.
  18. Be kind to unkind people - they probably need it the most.
  19. Remember that the best things in life aren't things.
  20. Using the TV or radio for background "company" can be surprisingly stressful. Learn to enjoy quiet.
  21. Stop worrying. If something concerns you, do something about it. If you can't do anything about it, let go of it.

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