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Dealing with Stress: Do's and Don'ts

By Edited Jul 16, 2016 1 0

The stress of modern living hits everyone and can wreck your life – but by following the do’s and don’ts  for dealing with stress according to Maria Simonson and other experts, you can wipe out harmful stress right out of your life.

 Do

. . . start your day right by doing things the night before that will get you off to a relaxed start next morning.  Pick out the clothes you plan to wear.

            Don’t

            . . . set yourself up for stress by starting your day in a rush.

 Do

. . . play soft, relaxing music, if you play any at all.

            Don’t

            . . . play loud music in your car on the way to work.  Psychological studies have shown this causes stress.

 Do

. . . make your goals realistic and attainable.

            Don’t

            . . . set impossible goals for yourself.  This will just set you up for failure and increased stress.

 Do

. . . pamper yourself occasionally.  Give yourself a treat – it doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, a gift of a few minutes all to yourself will help.  By doing so, you’ll relieve stress by building your self-esteem.

            Don’t

            . . .constantly sacrifice your own small pleasures for the sake of others.

 Do

. . . take out your feelings, problems and anxieties with friends and loved ones.  And if you feel like crying, do it.  Scientific research has shown that a good cry can relieve stress.

            Don’t

            . . . keep your thoughts and worries bottled up.  This habit is bound to trigger stress.

 Do

. . . show your deepest emotions to your loved ones.  They’ll return your affection.  If we love and know we’re loved back, the emotional support helps us deal easier with stressful situations.

            Don’t

            . . . hide your love from others.

 Do

. . . find  relaxing outside interests.  Find a hobby, or get involved in  worthwhile projct way from work.

            Don’t

            . . .be single-minded.  Having only one major activity or interest leads to stress buildup.

 Do

. . . recognize that others have problems, too, and this could be the reason they let you down.

             Don’t

            . . . expect too much of others.  If they let you down, your disappointment will only add to your stress load – especially if they’re a friend, spouse or child you love.

 Do

. . . cultivate an optimistic attitude.  Simply by adding up, all the pluses of your life – such as your family, your wife, your job – you’ll become more cheerful and see just how good your life really is.

             Don’t

            . . . give up hope.  Research shows that loss of hope contributes to stress.  If you’re pessimistic about life in general, you will feel you can’t control events in your life.

 

Source:

     Woman’s home companion  February 11, 1987.

 

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