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   Managing Stress


Here are few ways to manage Stress

Downshifting your life to reduce stress at workplace:

1. Recognize How Hard You Work

Downshifting is a social behaviour or trend in which individuals live simpler lives to escape from the rat race of obsessive materialism and to reduce the “stress, overtime, and psychological expense that may accompany it.” In simple words “Downshifting” means slowing down. The first step in downshifting is to recognize the need to do so. One may not be aware of how much stress one endures by simply working in the nine-to-five workplace that still exists in most of the offices. One of the reasons of slowing down your life in order to reduce stress can be: Life is passing you by. Every day your work or your current lifestyle is making more and more demands upon you, your time and your energy. You feel that ‘life’ is just passing you by and you want to stop and take the time to enjoy life.

2. At Least Try to Do What You Love

If you do what you enjoy, you’ll love what you do. And at the end of the day you’ll feel so much better and experience inner satisfaction. Surveys and studies have shown that people who love their job have minimum level of healthy stress.

Pursuing what you love involves four simple steps:

1. Ask yourself whether you’re happy with your choice of job or career. Being happy is not the same thing as feeling stable or not miserable. If you’re not happy, persisting in a state of unhappiness is unhealthy.

2. Make a list of dream jobs or careers, no matter how silly you think you’re being. “Just speak your mind and be yourself.”

3. Assess whether you hate your profession, or just your job or locale. How portable is your profession? If you have a job that’s in demand everywhere, like webmaster, writer or teacher, find a more suitable city or town to live in, and just start working.

4. Talk to your family members, and seek their support to pursue something else. Create your own emotional support system by keeping in touch with old friends, making new contact, joining common interest groups, attending social gatherings etc.

3. Reduce the Commute

One of the simplest ways to distress and downshift is to eliminate that stressful
Commute. Driving is stressful, and reducing the drive can reduce a lot of stress.

Here are some ways to reduce your commute:

  • If you spend most of your time at work on the computer or on the phone, try to negotiate telecommuting with your employer. This means being plugged into the office from home. With teleconferencing tools, there’s little reason to actually go into an office these days.

  • Look into moving closer to work. If you calculate your car expenses, moving within walking distance to work may be the answer.

  • If there’s no way you can move, no way will your employer let you work from home, and you’re working very late hors anyway, consider renting a small apartment or room within walking distance of your office.

4. Reduce Your Workweek

Moving down from a five-day workweek to a four-day workweek greatly reduces stress for many. Psychologically, working Tuesday to Friday eliminates Mondays. According to Deepak Chopra, more people have heart attacks Monday mornings than any other time. You might also be able to reduce your workweek by finding someone else at work who wants to share a job. Surveys show that most people would trade full-time hours for part-time hours if they could have job security.

5. Reduce Your Snail Mail and Plastic

Mail is stressful. Does your mail get sorted and piled on the dining room table night after night, to the point where the surface of the table disappears and you can never have company, because that would mean sorting your mail? If so, you probably have unnecessary mail. Calling companies and requesting that your name be removed from mailing lists is often just another thing we have to do, so junk letters don’t pile up in your house.

Stress-busting herbs, dietary changes, and other natural solutions

Hands-On Healing

1. Discover Your Life-Force Energy

Many ancient, non-Western cultures, be they in native North America, India, China, Japan, or ancient Greece, believed that there are two fundamental aspects to the human body. There is the actual physical shell (clinically called the corporeal body), consisting of cells, blood, tissue, and so on. In addition they believed there is an energy flow that makes the physical body come alive. This energy flow was known as the life force of life energy.

Get Moving -Inner and Outer Antistress Workouts

Reports from the United States show that one out of three American adults is overweight, a sign of growing inactivity. Now let us look at as to what’s the definition of sedentary? Not moving! If you have a desk job or spend most of your time at a computer, in your car, or watching television, you are a sedentary person. If you do roughly 20 minutes of exercise less than once a week, you’re a relatively sedentary person.
If you’ve been sedentary most of your life and would like to become more active, there’s nothing wrong with starting by engaging in simple, even leisurely activities such as gardening, feeding the birds in a park, or doing a few simple exercises. Any step you make towards being more active is crucial.

Develop an Action Plan

By incorporating just one of the activities on like gardening, walking, aerobics, yoga, meditation etc once or twice a week, you can significantly lower stress. More-intense activities will create endorphins. Even the less-intense activities will help you find more leisure and enjoyment in your life, which also lowers stress.

Practice Yoga

For many people, yoga is just about various stretching exercises or postures – it is actually a way of life. It is part of a whole science of living known as the Ayurveda. Practicing yoga is a preventive health science that involves certain physical postures, exercises and meditation. Essentially, yoga is the exercise component of the physical postures designed to tone and soothe your mental state and physical state. Most people benefit from introductory yoga classes or videos.


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