In keeping with the holiday theme of “stress”, here are additional tips to survive the holiday hustle and bustle. Stress, balance and change solutions – a “back to basics” discussion to use for yourself, your family, your work environment.
1. EAT – Do I sound like your mother? We need to keep our body working. You would not allow your car to fall apart, why would you ignore your body? This is the temple that holds all the equipment to solve every event you face.
Just as you wouldn’t put sugar in the gas tank of your car and expect it to run effectively (if at all), you need to be conscious of what you put in your body. Sugar, caffeine, alcohol are not going to assist your body engine – nor will it decrease stress. There is wisdom in following the nutritional guidelines we all learned in high school health class.
2. EXERCISE – The best way to burn off the chemicals our body creates in reaction to stress is through exercise. Sitting in front of the TV will not do this. The greatest gift to yourself to decrease stress and anxiety and increase sleep and relaxation is exercise. Go for a walk at lunch time or with your family after work.
3. AVOID STRESSORS – I think we have all been glued to the TV hoping that some magic answer will occur and this will all go away. The constant reminder of the uncertainty will only create more stress. Be informed but don’t be obsessed.
Instead, what are the things you enjoyed doing before the stress occurred. Go back to your garden, to reading, to the mall — whatever, brought you pleasure before. If a magic answer occurs to the current situation, trust me, you will not be left out.
4. ONE DAY AT A TIME — Focus on the present, the future will take care of itself. When stress increases, focus on what you can do NOW! Worry will only make the present worse AND the future is never helped with the worry.
5. KEEP A ROUTINE – Go back to the routine you have always had. Eat, sleep, work, play — keep a schedule. When we can’t control the world, we can control our choices and the life we keep.
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