Try just going outside? I'm assuming you can't smoke at your desk, and so you have to go outside to do it? I found one of the most unfair things about not smoking is that non-smokers are not afforded the same breaks as smokers. While a smoker can get away from work, go outside and have a cigarette and relax, the same is not true for non-smokers. Take that back for yourself. Take the five minutes, even if you're not smoking, and go outside. Get up, get away from your desk and just lean against the wall outside. If you have an office, shut the door, and mute the phone so it doesn't ring. Sometimes what we need is just to get away, even if it's just for a few minutes so we can think, breathe, and get ourselves back to center.
Good luck with quitting smoking!!
12/13/2010 12:15:07 PM
I clean it helps me get my mad out and realize that most of the time the problems are not as big as they seemed at first!
I spend time with God. I've tried all the other suggestions and they are only a temporary fix. I was a bit disappointed that nobody else has mentioned it. Give it to God and let him deal with it. It really does work.
Music is another great de-stresser--either listening to it or playing it. I listen to a relaxing CD or to Pandora Radio on the internet. I play favorite music on my electronic keyboard--with headphones plugged in, I'm in my own world for a little while.
3/18/2010 11:20:25 PM
Often, I am the one listening, advising and preaching my positive psychology. I love peace and harmony and hate conflict. That alone is a source of stress. I try to get others to see the glass is half full!
3/18/2010 11:16:41 PM
Great advice. My stress busters/me time are taking a walk, reading a magazine or a book, tea and chocolate and venting to a caring friend/family member.
I'm a very good example of chatterbox, so chatting with friends helps to prevent stress level to go uber high! I tried to do the breathing but people always distract me, want something, need something from me, usually new tasks, haha.
I like these ideas - simple - but remind us of easy things to do.
1/20/2010 8:47:02 AM
I just read the articles regarding stress, I am still trying to figure out what helps, i have been out of work for 3 months and stress level is very high at the moment, I try to read and crochet but that does not seem to help. Any advice?
10/21/2009 4:13:26 PM
I often sit and stew over whatever stresses me and that only compounds the issue. I say to myself, if I imagine the worst case scenario, then whatever does happen, won't seem so bad. This is just a heart attack waiting to happen.
The articles bottom line appears to be distract yourself. I am trying to occupy myself with more productive activities, accept what I cannot change and focus on the good things I have; most importantly my beautiful baby daughter.
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