52 stress busters

Discussion created by aztec on Jul 9, 2010
Latest reply on Aug 18, 2014 by jazzy3

52 Proven

Stress Reducers

1. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the

morning. Extra time helps make

mishaps less stressful.

2. Prepare for the morning the evening

before. Set the breakfast table. Make

lunches. Put out the clothes you plan

to wear.

3. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down

appointment times, such as when to pick

up the laundry, when library books are due.

(“ e palest ink is better than the most

retentive memory.”—Chinese Proverb)

4. Do nothing you have to lie about later.

5. Make copies of all keys. Bury a house

key in a secret spot in the garden. Carry

a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart

from your key ring.

6. Practice preventive maintenance. Your

car, appliances, home, and relationships

will be less likely to break down “at the

worst possible moment.”

7. Be prepared to wait. A paperback book

or MP3 player can make waiting in a

post o ce line almost pleasant.

8. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever

you want to do tomorrow, do today;

whatever you want to do today, do it now.

9. Plan ahead. Don’t let the gas tank get

below one-quarter full. Keep emergency

supplies of home staples. Don’t wait

until you’re down to your last bus token

or postage stamp to buy more.

10. Don’t put up with something that

doesn’t work right. If your alarm clock,

wallet, shoe laces, windshield wipers—

whatever—are a constant aggravation,

get them  xed or buy new ones.

11. Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get

to appointments. Plan to arrive at an

airport at least one hour before domestic


12. Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of

ca eine in your diet.

13. Set up contingency plans, “just in

case.” (“If we get split up in the shopping

center, let’s meet here.”)

14. Relax your standards. e world will

not end if the grass doesn’t get mowed

this weekend.

15. Use Pollyanna-Power! For every one

thing that goes wrong, there are probably

10 or 50 or 100 blessings. Count ’em!

16. Be clear before you act. Ask questions.

Take a few moments to repeat back

instructions given to you. Don’t fall

prey to the old “the hurrieder I go, the

behinder I get” idea.

17. Say “No” to extra projects, invitations,

and social activities you don’t have

time or energy for. is takes practice,

self-respect, and a belief that everyone,

every day, needs quiet time to relax and

to be alone.

18. Turn o  or unplug your phone. Take a

long bath, meditate, sleep, or read without

interruption. Drum up the courage to

temporarily disconnect. ( e possibility

of there being a terrible emergency in

the next hour or so is almost nil.)

19. Turn “needs” into preferences. Our basic

physical needs are food, water, and keeping

warm. Everything else is a preference.

Don’t get attached to preferences.

20. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

21. Make friends with non-worriers.

  e behavior of chronic worrywarts

is contagious.

22. Take frequent stretch breaks when

you’re sitting a lot.

23. If you can’t  nd quiet at home, wear


24. Get enough sleep. Set your alarm for


25. Organize! A place for everything and

everything in its place. Losing things is


26. Monitor your body for stress signs. If

your stomach muscles are knotted and

your breathing is shallow, relax your

muscles and take some deep, slow breaths.

27. Write down your thoughts and feelings.

It can help you clarify ideas and give

you a renewed perspective.

28. Do this yoga exercise when you need

to relax: Inhale through your nose to the

count of eight. Pucker your lips and exhale

slowly to the count of 16. Concentrate

on the long sighing sound and feel the

tension dissolve. Repeat 10 times.

29. Visualize success before any experience

you fear. Take time to go over every

part of the event in your mind. Imagine

how great you will look, and how well

you will present yourself.

30. Take your mind o  the task for a

while. If the stress of a deadline gets in

the way of doing a job, use diversion. You

will focus better when you return to it.

31. Talk out your problems with a friend.

It helps to relieve confusion.

32. Avoid people and places that don’t

t your personal needs and desires.

If you dislike politics, don’t spend time

with politically excited people.

33. Learn to live one day at a time.

34. Do something you really enjoy

every day.

35. Add an ounce of love to everything

you do.

36. Take a bath or shower to relieve tension.

37. Do a favor for someone every day.

38. Focus on understanding rather than

on being understood, on loving rather

than on being loved.

39. Look good to feel better.

40. Take more time between tasks to

relax. Schedule a realistic day.

41. Be  exible. Some things are not worth


42. Stop negative self-talk: “I’m too old.”

Make it positive: “I’ve learned from life.”

43. Change your pace on weekends. If

your week was slow, be active. If you felt

nothing was accomplished during the

week, do a weekend project.

44. Pay attention to the details in front of

you. “Worry about the pennies, and the

dollars will take care of themselves.”

45. Do one thing at a time. When you are

working on one thing, don’t think about

everything else you have to do.

46. Allow time every day for privacy,

quiet, and thought.

47. Do unpleasant tasks early and enjoy

the rest of the day.

48. Delegate responsibility to capable


49. Take lunch breaks. Get away from

your work in body and in mind.

50. Count to 1,000 (not 10), before you

say something that could make matters


51. Forgive people and events. Accept that

we live in an imperfect world.

52. Have an optimistic view of the world.

Most people do the best they can.