Stress Management Techniques

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Self-Care Strategies:

Substantial breakfast daily

Regular sleeping habits (minimum of 7 hours)

No smoking

Moderate use of alcohol, caffeine and other drugs

Minimal intake of sugar & highly processed foods

Maintenance of proper weight

Regular exercise program

Drink much more water than you usually do.

Relaxation Techniques:

Jog in place or do jumping jacks-count to 300

Roll head and torso from side to side

Tense your muscles individually, then relax them

Pull seat of chair for 5-count: repeat with legs xtended

Take a deep breath to count of 4, exhale to 4, and repeat 4 times

Massage your forehead or temples; repeat the word "calm"

Try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Walk off your worry.

Meditate for 20 minutes

Listen to music and close your eyes

Take a power nap. Train yourself to sleep for 12 minutes.

Time Management:

Decide what your time is worth. Hire some tasks done.

Learn to delegate. You don't have to do or supervise everything.

Set priorities.

Invest your time in the thing that will give you the highest return on your investment.

Plan your day according to energy levels.

Manage the paper tiger. Try to handle paper only once.

New Ideas for Success:
Always have a plan B in mind.

People with options are happier.

Set realistic life goals and work toward them daily.

Let go of uncomfortable situations and toxic relationships.

Practice setting boundaries in an Assertitive but respectful manner.

Assume responsibility for your own choices.

Remember the 4 things that matter most:

Please forgive me, I forgive you, Thank you and I love you.

Give top priority to your primary relationships.

Stressors in life- Stressors in life- Stressors in life- Stressors in life- Stressors in life- Stressors in life

Trying to control things you can't control

Not living one day at a time

Lack of goals

Not clear on your values

Unrealistic expectations of yourself and others

Negative attitude and outlook

Procrastination

Trying to keep secrets

Listening to gossip

Taking on more than you can physically or emotionally handle

Lack of balance in all areas of your life

Unhealthy habits

Changes, either good or bad ones

Lack of faith in the future

Negative self-talk.

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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