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"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
- Anais Nin
Our thoughts really do color our perceptions, and affect our stress levels in many ways. What thoughts are serving you today? Which thoughts are weighing you down? Learn more about changing how you "see things" to create a less stressed existence.
Attitude, Self Talk and Stress
"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."
~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
Sometimes just taking a few minutes for nothing can make the difference between a less stressful afternoon and a more stressful one. How do you relieve stress when you're rushed and stressed? Here are a few strategies for making your time count for stress management, five minutes at a time.
Stress Relief - 5-Minute Stress Relief Strategies
"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness."
- Charles Sprugeon
Do you focus not only on having what you want, but wanting what you have? Positive psychology sheds some light on the importance of gratitude in life--of both focusing on what you want, and on what you have. Here's why it's important to focus on both.
The Link Between Gratitude and Happiness
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
~Mohandas K. Gandhi
Do you find yourself rushing through life so much you forget to stop and smell the flowers? When we do that, we tend to stress more, enjoy less, and possibly put ourselves at risk for burnout. Here are some ways to slow down and savor life.
Learn To Savor The Moment: Here's How!
"Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leave you feeling totally undone."
~Susan Mitchell and Catherine Christie
Paring down your "to do" list can be easier than you may think--and can bring an extra measure of peace and sanity. Here are some strategies for setting priorities, cutting out your life's unnecessary commitments, and whittling down that list of things you must do, to make room for a more balanced existence.
Simplify, and Carve Out a Less Stressful Life
"There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."
Sometimes we all need a little extra nurturing, and that gentleness can come from loved ones, or just from ourselves. Warm baths, t.v. comedies, really good chocolate--these are all things that help me replenish my energy when I've had a rough day. What works for you? Read on to find inspiration, and start creating your own plan to find more pleasures in life.
Pleasures In Life That Help Relieve Stress
"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.
Hans Selye is one of the pioneers of stress theory, and definitely knows what he's talking about here! When has a shift in perspective made all the difference for you? Here are some tips for effective cognitive reframing, an attitude trick that really works.
Reframing and Stress Management
"Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
I love the idea of having lemons and making lemonade--there's virtually always something positive that can be found in the challenges we face. When in your life have you "played a poor hand well"? Here's how optimists do it.
The Benefits of Optimism
"Stress is like spice - in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you."
Cooking metaphors notwithstanding, there is a lot of truth to this! That is why certain types of stress, particularly eustress, can be considered beneficial to overall health and psychological wellness. Eustress keeps you feeling engaged and alive, and challenged in the right ways.
Learn About Eustress
"If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched."
Where do you "feel" stress in your body? Stress can affect us physically in several ways, an muscle tension is one of them. Try this technique to identify where the stress is hitting you, and relax your body at the same time. Aahhhhh!
Body Scan Meditation: Why and How
"Stress is when you wake up screaming and realize you haven't fallen asleep yet."
Is stress keeping you up at night? Here are some tips to help you relax and get some quality sleep, even if you're stressed. What works for you?
"If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it."
Here are 10 stress relievers that can engage your inner child and help you stay young. (These techniques work well for adults and children alike.) What's your best strategy?
Top 10 Stress Relief Strategies From Your Inner Child
"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once."
Are you ready for the week? If you're wishing for a little more weekend in your week, here are some tips to consider.
Study: Why It's Good To Get More 'Weekend' In Your Week!
"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
– Peter Marshall
I love how even the tough times in our lives can lead to better times and better things, like personal growth. How have your challenges shaped you? Learn more about how to use life's challenges to create greater strength.
Study: What Doesn't Kill You MAY Make You Stronger
"Stress: The confusion created when one's mind overrides the body's basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it"
This quote cracks me up--so eloquent!--but many of us feel stressed and frustrated when dealing with difficult people. Here's how to take the high road and feel less stressed at the same time. What's your best strategy?
Become Adept at Dealing With Difficult People and Avoiding Conflict
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
What thoughts are serving you today? Which thoughts are weighing you down? This resource will help you to understand how to identify stress-inducing thoughts (even the subtle ones), recognize their impact, and trade them in for more affirming thinking patterns.
"Don't Believe Everything You Think!"
"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety."
Stress can impact our eating patterns, and our eating patterns can affect our stress levels. Is this happening with you? Here's how to slow down with mindful eating.
Mindful Eating For Health
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look once in awhile, you could miss it."
I'm a big fan of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" because I love seeing how memorable one day can be. We don't always need a ton of action, though--what we need often depends on the type of stress we're facing. What would your ideal "day off" entail? Here's how to take a mental health day that's made for you.
When And How To Take A Mental Health Day
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