Travis Bradberry has a very good article on LinkedIn about handling stress. He gives 10 tips, which I'm going to re-order and rephrase for my benefit. If you think this looks promising, go to his article and use his information to design your own list. Then place reminders around your environment and practice, practice, practice.
My personal reminder list to de-stress... (using 'we' helps me feel in my community).
- We focus on deep breathing whenever anxiety crops up.
- We reframe the situation, keeping it mind "it's not about me."
- We stop negative self-talk.
- We count our blessings.
- We anticipate upcoming good experiences and schedule them if necessary.
- We avoid anticipating bad outcomes, except as needed to plan safeguards, and we don't live in the future, especially a bad one.
- We limit caffeine and alcohol, especially for de-stressing.
- We sleep well.
- We plan and use time to disconnect, not making ourselves available 24/7.
- We use our support system and own up to our vulnerabilities with family and friends.
LinkedIn: How Successful People Stay Calm, 2014-Aug-5 by Travis Bradberry
Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance. Fortunately, though, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your control. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ under stressful circumstances. This lowers their stress levels regardless of what’s happening in their environment, ensuring that the stress they experience is intermittent and not prolonged.
While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that successful people employ when faced with stress, what follows are ten of the best. Some of these strategies may seem obvious, but the real challenge lies in recognizing when you need to use them and having the wherewithal to actually do so in spite of your stress.