Stress is one of those double-edged swords. It can motivate you to meet deadlines, spur you to cross things off your to-do list, and even help you make important decisions in high-pressure situations. But unchecked, your responses to stressful situations can be more harmful to your health and your relationships than a stick of dynamite. That’s why it’s important to learn and to practice stress management. A few ways to get started:
Meditate. Meditation, a highly effective stress management technique, can be done in as little as 10 minutes a day.
Use your senses. Images can trigger powerful physical responses. Post a photo of your favorite spot in the place where you work most often. Take five minutes every day to focus on the smells, sounds and feelings of being there.
Think positively. Ditch the self-doubt and, instead, focus on ways to reframe your thoughts as a positive affirmation.
"Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take with two deep breaths." Etty Hillesum