Stress busters

来源: 2019-04-07


As a college freshman at Valparaiso University, facing all the uncertainties of future academic and work life, I had the opportunity to meet with the president emeritus and chancellor. Audiences were rare. Sitting among a small group of nervous peers, we anxiously awaited the arrival of a man revered throughout the school, let alone the country and abroad, for his excellence in achievement and esteemed wisdom.
  Dr. O. P. Kretzman arrived in a wheelchair, aging, with failing sight. You could have heard a pin drop. All too soon, the attention turned to us as he asked for questions from the group. Silence. I knew inside what an opportunity this was, so despite my fear, I got up the courage to break the ice and ask my question.
  "What advice would you give new freshman as we face all the choices and uncertainties ahead of us?" His reply was simple and strong, "Take one bite out of the apple at a time." No more, no less. A perfect stressbuster for the moment and for all the moments of my life.
  Now that I''ve been in the working world for 20 years, I''ve added a few more stressbusters to maintain a healthy life. Help yourself!
  1. Change your priorities
  2. Take stretch breaks
  3. Step back and observe
  4. Review your purpose
  5. Get a massage
  6. Leave five minutes earlier
  7. See a comedy
  8. Let go and let God!
  9. Use affirmations
  10. Organize your space
  11. Share your feelings
  12. Smell some flowers
  13. Ask for acknowledgment
  14. Listen to your intuition
  15. Help someone else
  16. Rub your feet and hands
  17. Visualize positive outcomes
  18. Take care of your health
  19. Don''t judge; bless
  20. Work in the garden
  21. Create a budget
  22. Be empathetic, not overly sensitive
  23. Be still and meditate
  24. Use time-saving technology
  25. Carpool and enjoy the ride
  26. Set aside time for planning
  27. Count your blessings
  28. Don''t forget, write it down
  29. Simplify, simplify, simplify
  30. Talk it out with co-workers
  31. Eliminate destructive self-talk
  32. Schedule play time
  33. Change your environment
  34. Go with your natural rhythms 
  35. Find an easy place to give your gifts    #p#副标题#e#

  36. Fully express yourself
  37. View problems as opportunities
  38. Let go of "what ifs"
  39. Be clear what''s expected of you  

  40. Ask the experts
  41. Do your best and then stop
  42. Trust Divine timing and order
  43. Develop patience
  44. Breathe deeply
  45. Take a walk
  46. Complete things
  47. Take a nap
  48. Sing a tune
  49. Take a warm bath
  50. Talk out your worries  

       51. Delegate
  52. Talk with your mom or dad
  53. Say no at times
  54. Shift deadlines
  55. Follow your passion
  56. Tell a joke
  57. Play out your fears
  58. Drink lots of good water
  59. Create a support system
  60. Divide up big projects
  61. Seek advice
  62. Be gentle with yourself
  63. Don''t "enable" others
  64. Pray for openings
  65. Tell the truth

  66. Get more restful sleep
  67. Forgive and move on
  68. Prepare food ahead
  69. Fix it or get a new one
  70. Be prepared to wait
  71. Don''t always be right
  72. Focus on the moment
  73. Take a lunch break
  74. Read a book
  75. Shift your attitude
  76. Laugh each day
  77. Develop self-esteem
  78. Take vitamin supplements
  79. Stop the "shoulds"
  80. Avoid excess       #p#副标题#e#

  81. Plan a special outing
  82. See through illusions
  83. Relax your muscles
  84. Slow down and notice
  85. Nurture good friends
  86. Be in nature
  87. Listen to music
  88. Limit caffeine and sugar
  89. Go on a fast or cleanse
  90. Be spontaneous
  91. Love your partner
  92. Get some fresh air
  93. Be pampered
  94. Volunteer
  95. Join help networks
  96. Maintain good posture
  97. Respect your limits
  98. Exercise routinely
  99. Go dancing
  100. Sigh occasionally
  101. Do yoga

        102. Have a good cry
  103. Make time for hobbies
  104. Limit work time
  105. Compromise/cooperate
  106. Don''t procrastinate
  107. Unplug your phone/TV
  108. Relax your standards
  109. Journal your thoughts
  110. Take a vacation
  111. Organize your desk
  112. Develop flexibility
  113. Allow for imperfections
  114. Don''t overschedule
  115. Expose your secrets
  116. Build a strong body
  117. Nurture your faith
  118. Open a savings account
  119. Take in the sun
  120. Love and be loved
  121. Get the facts
  122. Work as a team
  123. Smile - open your heart
  124. Validate yourself
  125. Daydream
  126. Know God loves you!