I love reading Geoffrey James’s articles. Here’s one on ways to conquer stress (link to: inc.com).
My favourite tips and what I like doing:
- cultivating a tactile hobby
- getting a therapeutic massage
- limiting my exposure to violent media (I’ve never liked violent films and computer games anyway)
- taking a walk outside in nature
- scheduling time to concentrate on one task.
(I just needed to check that apostrophe after “James’s” again. Here’s the rule: If a proper name ends with an s, you can add just the apostrophe or an apostrophe and an s.)
I was talking to a client the other day who coaches executives. We spoke about the difference between negative stress and burnout.
This article (link to: mindtools.com) offers a good explanation and even has a burnout self-test so that you can check yourself.
How good are you at handing stress? Take this quiz (link to: www.beliefnet.com) to find out if your stress level is good or bad for your health.
What can we do in the middle of a challenging or frustrating situation to stop our current thinking pattern? Cesar L. Rodriguez tells us to use a technique from NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) called “pattern interrupt”. So when we’re in annoying situation, we should try rubbing our chins and asking ourselves, “What else could this mean?”. The brain will change from a frustrated to an inquisitive mode and will start focusing on answering the question we have just asked.
Listen to Cesar explaining the technique here
Not long to go now … Are you always stressed before and during Christmas? Perhaps this stress guide is a bit late, but you can still find some ideas on how to make Christmas Day less stressful for you. You might like the 10-minute escape plan. Give it a try!