If you need a laugh, you gotta watch this video clip! You are just 2 minutes away from putting a smile on your face.
The way out of stress, particularly if you are an introvert, is both relevant and hopefully timely. Everyone has stress even if to different degrees at different times. The general economic climate, negative talks about unemployment, aging families, there are a myriad of current situations we might find we are challenged. Getting business is often tougher these days. Marketing and networking require we are at a peak performance level to get the best results. These days, even though technology brings valuable benefits with it, handling work and personal all well and with grace is a real process.
But I have one particular family member who is always my best indicator for me to deal with whatever is going on that seems to be stressful, and that is – my dog. Chanel let’s me know by her reaction to me that a break of some kind is needed. I’m sure she’s as grateful it’s not a regular occurrence, as I am that she has her way of communicating to me, get with it.
While I feel that bad stress infrequently, she’s got a look when we head outside, a certain slowness in her walk and her response to my voice is different. That’s what helps me want to get back in the flow quickly today. Here’s some of what reduces the stress and has me feeling better quickly.
Stop and admit, “I’m stressed.” As I mentioned my dog let me know it was time for me to pay attentions. You might not be blessed with such a clever animal to give you a warning. This means you must pay close attention to sorting out your own symptoms. It can range from physical things like indigestion to more behavioral. For me it’s quite often, irritability or unexplained upper neck tightness.
Take care of your body. Being a regular exerciser, I find if I ignore my routine, stress is going to come on strong. What I did first was put in one of my favorite exercise routines – kick boxing. Exercise of any time, for me in particular the kick boxing, helps to move the stressed energy inside me, out. It’s my fastest way on a track back to calm.
Laugh a little. One of my favorite comedies is the 2000, Best in Show. If you’re a dog person, you’ll relate with almost every scene. If you’re a dog person who has entered their dog in a dog show, like we have with Chanel, then it’s bound to be a favorite. If I’ve watched in once I’ve watched it more than a dozen times. Whether I choose a scene or watch it in entirety, my stress is dissolved, to where who cares. Laughing is a wonderful form of stress relief.
Let your mind help you. It seems the universe always gives me options to use when it hears me whispering, “Geez I feel stressed and want to feel better.” So in my solutions are various ways of meditating. I’m not the kind of introvert who can make her mind just go quiet, which is why one of my favorite forms of meditating is using the Sedona Method. Within minutes I’m usually quite relaxed and centered. That’s one reason I keep their program on my iPod, which I always have at hand. But one of my most favorite and effective things in this area is just to remind myself – to breathe. Maybe you’ve noticed as I have, when under stress, my breathing is shallow. Just telling myself nothing is as important for me than to breathe, allows me to take a few deep, long inhales and exhales which is just so darn refreshing.
Any of these solutions, thankfully, take around just 20 minutes. From admitting your stress, to stimulating your body, soul and mind, there are likely as many ways to reduce stress as there are people. Some people have actually named stress to be the number one problem of Americans. But I’ve witnessed it all over the world.
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What do you do to manage the stress in your life?
Geek Girl says
Such a timely post for me. I also need that reminder to just breathe. I can’t believe how much we forget to do that one simple thing. Thanks for the stress breaker. 🙂
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Funny how we seem to focus on the same areas over and over again.
Agree with you completely about the main areas of stress since Lehman Brothers collapsed. And extroverts as well as introverts all over the world are in the same boat.
Apart from yoga I took quite a lot of kick boxing classed in Dubai. But I had to move away from an Indian guy who jumped around a lot and managed to twist my ancle. That was the end of kick boxing for me.
But Yoga I could do with a twisted ancle and thank God for that since the breathing techniques I learnt from the Indian instructors are fantastic.
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Susan Cooper says
You know, I have been pondering the very same thing. For me, one of the stress indicators is not being able to sleep. My mind just pinpongs from one worry to another at breakneck speed. I just can’t seem to shut it off.
Like you, excercise is a key factor in reducing stress. You would never know that by the way I avoid it at times. In the end I am out there giving it it’s due and I feel better because of it.
When you mnetioned breathing, I had to laugh. The simple act of reminding myself to breath is such a pressure valve release, isn’t it. Isn’t it funny how we need to remind oursleves to do that?
BTW: Thanks for the good laugh with the video. Now I am going to try to go back to sleep. 🙂
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Jeannette Paladino says
Stress is unavoidable. If you’re feeling stressed before a new business presentation, accept that it’s normal and don’t get more stressed because you’re stressed. Seriously, it’s not normal to think you’re always going to be happy and carefree. If we just accepted stress as a normal part of life we could deal with it better with all the tips you’ve given. Take a deep breath. Relax and move on.
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Keyuri Joshi says
I particularly like your first suggestion of “admitting to be stressed.” In my work with Emotional Intelligence, I know that identifying an emotion is the first step to creating long lasting solutions. If emotions are minimized or ignored, they just rear their head to haunt us over and over again.
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Doreen Pendgracs says
Hi Pat: Isn’t it amazing how our pets can really feel our vibes and understand our spirit? My cat gives me a very strange look when I’m stressed as if to say “Get over it!” It instantly calms me down.
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Susan so then – a laugh and a good video!
Catarina, it must be that many of us are facing similar issues!
Keyuri, hopefully of help to your own readers!
Jeannette I bet it’s SO necessary in your area of the country!