FROM PANIC... TO POWER AND PEACE: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF STRESS MANAGEMENT.
Thou shalt manage thyself
Most people talk about managing time in order to have more of what life has to offer. However, it is only in managing ourselves that we really see a difference in our lives, Manage yourself and other things will fall into place.
Thou shalt take charge
Life is like a teacup. There's only so much that will fit into it. If you fill your cup with the wrong people and the wrong things, you won't have time for the right people and right things. The wrong people and things bring stress. The right people and things bring joy and contentment. Choose who and what gets your time and attention.
. Thou shalt love thyself
Appreciate yourself for the good you do! Be gentle with yourself when things don't go the way you want them to. There are some things that you just can't control, no matter how much you may want to. Love yourself for who you are right now.
. Thou shalt reward thyself
When you do things that bring you joy, you are re-creating your spirit. Nurturing your spirit is a great way to help you reduce stress. Take time to do things that reward you, everyday.
. Thou shalt pamper thy body
Health and vitality depend on your body's ability to use oxygen and food effectively. One of the ways to help that happen is through exercise. Exercise also releases endorphins, which have been shown to improve your mood, making it a great way to deal with stress! Move your body every day!
. Thou shalt relax
What do you do to really relax? Do you even take the time, or know how to? Meditation, listening to soothing music, spending time with friends and people you love, conscious breathing... these are all ways to really relax. If your mind is pulled to the things that stress you, you aren't really relaxed! Take time to be absolutely quiet every day.
. Thou shalt rest
It's important to take breaks. If you work for yourself, it's critical to your success that you take time to rest -away from your office or desk. Take a nap if you feel like one! It's also important to get sufficient sleep. Most people need at least seven hours each night. Good sleep habits include having a set bedtime and a set waking-time. Following a pattern and establishing a rhythm for yourself and your body help you to be more relaxed and less stressed during the day. Go to bed I Don't apologise for wanting to 'turn in' early!
Thou shalt be aware of thyself
Pay attention to your body. It gives you clues as to what it needs and when something is wrong with it. Also know what makes you fee! great and what makes you feel lousy. Being able to recognise these will help you in making great decisions for yourself. Listen to your intuition.
Thou shalt eat right
Our minds have really been confused with ideas of what a 'healthy' diet should be and what 'proper' nutrition is. Learn more about things like 'low fat' foods, sugar, caffeine and impure water and find out how they are affecting your body. Improper nutrition causes stress in the body. Eat good stuff!! Your body will thank you!
Thou shalt enjoy thyself
There's only so much time in this life. Every moment of it is precious. Make it all count. When you do, you'll find you have less stress, fewer physical problems, and that you are more productive. You deserve the very best life has to offer and life deserves the very best you have to give!