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How To Defeat Stress

Aug 17, 2007
The best way to defeat stress is to be on top of everything that is coming your way. Of course, many of us can't do that, so we manage by other means. You need only identify the cause of your stress (through journaling) and then release yourself from it. One technique that is very effective is called release-the-need. More on this later.

1. Early Warning Signs Of Job Stress

-Headache
-Sleep disturbances
-Difficulty in concentrating
-Short temper
-Upset stomach
-Job dissatisfaction
-Low morale

2. Making Adjustments

Most people need to make serious adjustments to the way they handle work in order to cope with stress for a permanant amount of time. You may be carrying stress over from your personal life, or you may find that your home life is suffering as a result of your job stress. You need to make adjustments to counter the effects of pressures like these. Going to sleep earlier can control lacking sleep. This may mean that you have to carve out time for yourself. If you cannot control what is causing your stress then you need to identify this fact and release it. That is the essence of the release the need technique.

3. Releasing The Need

Another way of saying this is simply don't worry about things you have absolutely no control over. Once you free yourself from the stresses in your life you will see how much more there is to life. You will notice that your frustration and anxiety levels will drop dramatically and you will appreciate life more.

4. Medication

Medication can sometimes help you to relieve stress, but always consult with your doctor before taking any medication, especially medication that can affect the heart. Meditation and other de-stressing techniques are also perfect for helping you to manage your stressful life.

5. Ways To De-Stress

Talk about how you feel (I know it's hard, but you might be surprised at how much it helps.)
Stay active (Find an activity that you enjoy)
Give yourself a break to do something you enjoy
Find a way to relax at the end of a busy day
Try to eat "good food" - get enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. They'll help to increase your energy levels.
Get your partner to give you a shoulder massage or hire a professional!. Massage is a great way to release stress from you aching muscles. If you work at a desk all day, you'll find that your stress accumulates in your neck and shoulders. Getting a massage is an investment in your overall wellbeing. If you're less stressed, you'll be happier and more productive.
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