5 Key Strategies for Stress Management that are Essential

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Even though the list can be endless, I think that the following 5 components of tacking your stress are essential for any plan!

1 . ENJOY the activities that you are using to deal with your stress.

The American Heart Association has outlined the importance of actually incorporating enjoyable and pleasurable activities into your stress management plan.  Doing things that you simply don’t enjoy does not work

2. Include Physical Exercise in you Stress and Anxiety Management.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America recommends physical exercise as part of any approach to management and control of stress, Anxiety and mood problems.  This includes everything from walking, Yoga, running and the list goes on.  Cardiovascular exercise is simply a great thing!  However, know your limits and take your time if you are new to this or not in good condition initially.

3. Deal with Stress at Work.

Work stress, whether it’s issues with other people or just the type or amount of work you do is absolute crucial to get under some control.  Work stress is the source of pressure and angst for many and can be a bad and detrimental addition to an already stressed life. The American Psychological Association has a division called the Psychologically Healthy Workplace and has a lot of great resources and guidelines for both employees and companies.

4. Learn Assertiveness and Self Respect  

This link to the Mayo Clinic has a great article on the relationship of Assertive to improved stress management and communication.  It’s all about feeling better about you.

5. Avoid the overuse of substances or artificial way to Reduce Stress .

Using substances like alcohol, drugs or ingestion of food and drinks such as cola or coffee can become an ineffective way – as well as problematic- to deal with stress.  Simply put – It’s important to watch this aspect of your life and not make your “go to’s” a problem area for you.  A relaxing coffee, tea, meal or other things like this can be a great part of your day.  The National Library of Medicine has an interesting article on stress and vulnerability to addiction that is linked here.

Please add your comments and tips .  This is just part of a plan for stress and anxiety management that can be effective.

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Perfection through Weight Loss, Hair Loss, Abs and the Things that Drive us to Perfection

      Are the things that “drive ” us really the things that matter.  Our 21st Century culture has been driven by such things as weight loss, hair loss -rather prevention of- and physical perfection.  Leigh Vanderloo, Ph.D. has written an interesting article on exercise and weight loss for the HuffPost.  Often the idea is to achieve these goals with minimal work and time.  The image created by multiple medias is seen by many as unrealistic and perhaps looking at the wrong aspects of what well being, health and happiness really are.  Weight Watchers and Magazines like Fitness Magazine (for women)  or Mens Health are actually good sources of information, inspiration and even results for a lot of people.  However, any endeavour with an aim to being “better”, more attractive, thinner, better physical condition, smarter – and the list goes on – has to be something that is based on some realistic expectations.  Expectations about who you are and what you truly want to become.  It actually IS about you and what is important to you – Not what the media , corporations or even other people define for you.

      I,d be interested in your views n what some might think is an old topic.  Do you you think it’s still important to talk about?

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      The Secret to a More Satisfying Life? : #Minimalism- Is it the answer to De stressing our Lives?

      The documentary (2016 Netflix) “MINIMALISM- A Documentary About the Important Things”, two former work colleagues, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus bring us through their work of reducing their physical possessive world to , well… a minimum.  This included a complete purge of all the extraneous possessions that they have accumulated throughout their still young lives.  They essentially “wanted out” of the race for status and happiness through possessions and “things”.  However they emphasize at one point that it is important to have the things in your life that really  – really – matter to you.  Some of the experts that are interviewed discuss the psychological and social science of all of this.  That is, how happiness can be linked to the idea of getting the iPhone 8 or a new car.

      I must admit that I want the iPhone 8 and I just bought a new car . But, I don’t necessarily see these things to the route to happiness and contentment. They look at everything from housing to our overall lifestyles as well as where we actually live.

      It’s a fascinating view of stress in our lives and the people who the two friends profile, as well as themselves, are actually happy and content.  Whether you actually practice or incorporate any of the ideas is not as important as the message that the documentary shares.

      Fitness and #Exercise – Still one of the Best Medicines

      An entry published in recent years by the American Psychological Association is entitled “The exercise effect”.  Kristen Weir outlines the often standard belief in the mental health world that exercise is not only good for mental and physical well being but that it should be part of the treatment for psychological problems such as depression and anxiety.  There is evidence that a person can feel the positive effects of exercise within “minutes”.  Numerous people have stories about their own routines of walking or running that contribute to positive mood and stress reduction.

       

      However there are many who don’t really enjoy exercise and certainly don’t want to step foot in a gym.  That’s their style and personal preference – like anything else.  So then the challenge becomes – What does work for you if you want to get your body in a fitness routine or work toward conditioning and overall fitness.  It’s important for each person to find their own niche.  Not everyone wants to ride a bike, not everyone enjoys a walk or run in the park.

       

      What we do know is that exercise in many forms has advantages when done properly  – in line with a person’s age, condition and background.  So perhaps the task is to determine what is right for you.

      Mindfulness The perfect Example of Your Own way to manage stress

      Mindfulness, first made really popular by John Kabot-Zinn (sp) the author of “Full Catastrophe Living”, wanted people to be able to be present in their own experience of stress, joy, excitement and just simply the human experience.  We now have a wide variety of “Mindful” approaches to stress anxiety and life management.  Ultimately it’s the experience of living a moment in the fullest and hopefully feeling positive, aware and good.

      We can all be our own experts on developing an approach that is unique and effective for each of us.  The other day I was caught in a moment where I watched some spring chickadees at my bird feeder as I pulled into my driveway.  A few minutes passed as I watched them fly to and from the protection of a nearby bush.  I really didn’t think about it as mindfulness at the time but I was not thinking about anything else for those few minutes except the two small creatures and the beauty of the scene (cue the music).  Anyway, that a mindful experience.

       

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      live-Stress : Manage Stress and Anxiety

      The live-Stress program is a program and approach to the management of Stress and Anxiety for better mental health.  This site is administered by D.Perry who is the author of the live-Stress Relaxation CD.  The program will be available on this site.  Also Dean Perry is available on Amazon and iTunes if you search for his relaxation and Positive Memory Building Exercise.

      The live-Stress program is mainly a progressive muscle relaxation program that is guided by the author with a relaxing and positive cues and background music.  There is a track on the CD that is called a “positive memory building exercise”.  The exercise is a type of mindfulness session that asks you to recall some positive, stress free and maybe relaxing events or scenes in your life in order to build your own coping and body/mind calming event that you can draw on at any time.  People have found the cd and overall approach to be helpful and effective.

      A link to buy the CD is also going to be posted here.  In the meantime you can ask to purchase the CD for $20 US (shipping included) by cantacting dapperry@gmail.com.

       

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      Breaking News -The #CNN Effect “Too much of the news?”

      With our current world situations being accessible through or phone, laptop, desktop, tablet and television, we are surrounded by news and information 24/7 …. if we choose.  There is certainly a need for most of us to be informed on events – especially those that have a direct impact on our lives.  However, there is a risk of over exposure to a media that has always a way of making us feel that there is “breaking news” that we simply cannot miss.  Sure, there is such great value in journalists who make it their job to have information that is timely and accurate – that what stations like CNN or FOX do best and they do it very well.  However, sometimes it can be a daunting overflow of information that can lead to some anxiety and stress – especially to those who are prone to worrying about world events.  It might be useful to simply turn the news feed “off” sometimes.  It’s also nice to see some of these aforementioned channels offering travel, lifestyle and health shows – maybe they are truly trying to be responsible with their media.

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