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How well are you handling your stress?

Do you easily get stressed?

These past 12 months have been very challenging and stressful, to say the least.  Whether you (or a family member) lost their job, are experiencing financial hardship, or just haven’t adapted to the new normal, stress can easily overwhelm you.  Are you someone who handles stress well?  How do you deal with it?  In the #CJJblog this week, I give you ten things you can do to handle your stress like a pro.  Enjoy.

  • Sit quietly. Every morning, sit quietly and go deep into your thoughts for 3-5 minutes.  Start small, then you can build from there.  Do you meditate every day?
  • This seems very basic, but most people who don’t make it a point to focus on their breathing patterns can get stressed out very quickly.  Take a few moments each day to execute some deep, relaxed breaths.
  • Get outside. Take a walk and get some fresh air.  Admire nature or the architecture of surrounding buildings.  Let your mind take a break from worry for a bit.
  • It’s okay to be silly every once in a while.  Play a boardgame or find some time to have fun.  What fun entertainment do you enjoy?
  • Find a hobby. Find yourself a passion to escape to.  For me, I play a lot of tennis.  Do you have a passion?
  • Schedule appointments with yourself to exercise and do not break them.  You should be exercising in some way, at least four times per week.
  • Stay in touch. When was the last time you spoke to some of your close friends or family members?  Has it been months?  Change that.  Be kind and do nice things for others by staying in touch to see how they are doing.
  • Be aware. What are you feeding your mind?  Positive material?  Complaints?  Be on alert with what you are consuming on a daily basis.
  • Gratitude journal. What are you thankful for?  Do you write it down?  Start a gratitude journal and write down three things you are grateful for each day.
  • Find the good. Make it a point to recognize others when they do something noteworthy or kind.  Congratulate them.  Are you on the lookout for positivity?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is proposing a challenge: The “30-day positive news diet” where you are to limit yourself to watching the news 10-minutes or less per day.  Can you do it?

Life Tip #74:  Adopt the attitude of gratitude

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