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10 Tips for Managing Stress


Check out the ‘Airplane Analogy’- putting the oxygen mask on ‘you’ before the person next to you. In other words: ‘Take Care of Yourself First’ so there is more of you to give to everyone and everything else in your life that matters. It’s a good one.

Managing stress begins with an awareness of the external and internal stressors in our lives and ’ Taking Care of the Self’ is the most important ingredient to managing stress effectively and gaining back a sense of control over our everyday lives.

10 Tips for Managing Stress in Healthy Ways:

1. Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation.

2. Look after your health: exercise, eat healthy and get lots of sleep.

3. Engage in spirituality – connecting with your spirituality or some higher belief system provides many with a source of comfort.

4. Mind your Mind Attitude (Positive vs. Negative Thoughts). There are certain things that you cannot change – but by changing how you view things can make a big difference: ‘choosing’ to be happy is about how you ‘choose’ to arrange your mind!

5. Journaling—write down thoughts stressful or otherwise/or each day complete the phrase ‘I am Thankful For’ or ’I appreciate’. Live in the ‘Now’.

6. Become ‘Clutter Free’.

7. Humour and having fun are great stress relievers. Listen to music, read and participate in other leisure time activities—sports, theatre, movies etc.

8. Take vacations, mini vacations or even imagine yourself in a safe or peaceful place.

9. Learn to set priorities and clarify boundaries: Take charge of your ‘choices’; try saying ‘No’. When you say ‘No’, you are actually saying ‘Yes’; to yourself.

10. Try to live life according to your values, priorities and what matters most rather than the “have to’s. It is helpful to use phrases like ‘Letting yourself off the hook’, ’Giving Yourself Permission To’, ’Surrendering To’; and stop using phrases like ‘should’, ‘must’ and ‘have to’.

Susan Barron & Renee Climans

Susan Barron & Renee Climans

We are both accomplished Social Workers (Masters of Social Work and Registered Social Workers) with extensive backgrounds in counselling/coaching with individuals, couples, families and groups. Throughout our over 25 years of professional practice, we have worked and consulted in a variety of health care and corporate settings.In addition,we have served as field instructors for Social Work students, presented guest lectures at Ryerson and University of Toronto, presented training workshops on a variety of wellness topics to corporations and institutions across Ontario, presented locally, nationally and internationally on various topics in the field of health care, and have published articles for several journals and are involved in a variety of support group initiatives.


2 Responses

    Theresa Albert
    January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm Reply

    Can I add “don’t overload your plate” to the list. Perhaps publishing a book and a website and creating a new wedding food column for in the same month could be considered an act of such foolishness?! Not that I regret it now, but I would likely do it differently next time. (HA! next time, as if!)

    January 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm Reply

    I love the “airplane analogy”! I give myself a day of the week just for me and the things I love to do. It lets me be as stressed and busy as I need to be the rest of the week because I know I have that day to look forward to. It’s been a process… it used to be one HOUR a week (but that was when my kids were little).

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