Monday, October 12, 2009

Stress-Busting Tips

On this Monday morning, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about a condition that plagues just about all of us: stress.

Do you fluster through your days always worried about the next thing you need to get done? Do you never seem to have enough time? Do you often feel irritated and cranky, causing you to lash out at loved ones without meaning to?

How much more fulfilling would your life be with less stress?

Thanks to Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life, for telling me about a great book called The Inner Game of Stress by Tim Gallwey. Gallwey is a sports psychologist who takes what he's learned coaching world-class athletes and applies it to the rest of us as we face stress in our daily lives. Here are three tips from the book that might help you let go of some stress:

· The STOP technique: Step back, Think, Organize, and Proceed with a more conscious choice process.
· The Attitude tool: If you feel resentful, try focusing on gratitude instead.
· The Transpose Exercise: Imagine what the other person thinks, feels, and wants and develop empathy, kindness, and better relationship skills.

I'd love to hear some of your stress-busting techniques!


Jon Becker said...

Thanks for that great recommendation, I'll have to check that out!

Another great place to find ideas on how to live a more balanced, stress-free life is the Huffington Post's "Living" section. HuffPo is mostly seen as a liberal news/politics blog, but it's Living page is probably one of its best kept secrets! Check it out

Debra said...

Thanks for sharing these. I've found that if I can discover why I'm stressed and fix that then I can usually go about my day a bit easier. :)

Deb (from Today's Teen Writer)