“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
It has been a heck of a week here for us. We had our water heater go and it cost a bundle to replace and install. Our plumbing apparently suffered from the same virus and so we had to replace one of those really vital porcelain devices we all keep in our bathrooms (WC’s) and while we enjoyed the jovial plumber his bill did not contribute to our overall joy. I did not get upset through it all as I am still a little weary from my recent health problems.
The really good news is that I am in a program that set a goal; for me to lose 7% of my body weight and yesterday I succeeded, now all I have to do is not slip back which is less likely as they are going to monitor me for a full year. Later this morning I will visit my cardiologist to make sure I have no current problems and I am sure he will give me an attaboy for my weight loss.
So another week has gone by with some bad and some good but as always there was nothing to get stressed over. We can handle stress if we just don’t take it too seriously. Here are some tips from Elizabeth Scott, M.S. that can help during one of those bad days.
Stressful Day? Here’s How To Feel Better
Stop Stressful Days In Their Tracks–Every Day Can Be A Better Day!
We’ve all had stressful days. But some days can be particularly stressful, and require some extra efforts toward stress relief. When you feel overly stressed, the challenges of your day can pile up and feel bigger than they are, making “those days” feel overwhelming. The following tips can help you to de-escalate the stress you experience when you’re having “one of those days,” and turn a bad day into a day of promise.
•Take A Meditation Break – A well-timed meditation session can feel like a mini-vacation when you’re having an overwhelming day. Regular meditation brings cumulative benefits, but even a five-minute meditation can help put you in a better frame of mind so that whatever stressors come, you’ve got them handled.
•Use Reframing Techniques – Sometimes stress is all in how you look at it! If you see something as a threat vs. a challenge, for example, it will bring more stress. If you’re catastrophizing, ‘shoulding all over yourself’, or unwittingly using other cognitive distortions to add to the stress of your day, stop.
•It’s Okay To Say No – Sometimes we have One Of Those Days because we have so many commitments stacked up on each other that one false move leads to a string of minor crises. One way to avoid doing this is to only take on commitments that are really important to you and directly help you fulfill your most valued goals, like ‘keep my job’ or ‘be a good parent’. It’s important to learn how to say no to other more periphery commitments, even if people will be disappointed.
•Locate A Supportive Shoulder – Sometimes it helps just to have a sympathetic ear or an active listener to tell your troubles to, to ‘get it out of your system’, or to feel validated and supported. If you are someone who does better with the supportive ear of a good friend (and can avoid rumination when telling your tale), then go for it!
•Have A Sense of Humor – Laughing in the face of stress is a good way to rob it of its power. And, fortunately, there are other benefits of laughter as well. Practice maintaining your sense of humor on an overwhelming day and the world laughs with you!
•Just Breathe – A quick and effective way to feel much less stressed anytime, anywhere? Breathing exercises! Try taking a few deep breaths right now, and see how much more relaxed you can be.
Ongoing stress relief works best with a mix of quick stress relievers, long-term resilience-promoting habits, and a few shifts in perspective. Find all of that with these ongoing resources for stress management–they’re free!
“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
Several women appeared in court, each accusing the other of the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived. The judge, with Solomon-like wisdom decreed, “I’ll hear the oldest first.”
The case was closed for lack of evidence.
Dad: Don’t be selfish. Let your brother use the sled half the time.
Son: I do, Dad. I use it going down the hill and he gets to use it coming up!
Mrs. Applebee, the 6th grade teacher, posed the following problem to one of her classes: “A wealthy man dies and leaves ten million dollars. One-fifth is to go to his wife, one-fifth is to go to his son, one-sixth to his butler, and the rest to charity. Now, what does each get?”
After a very long silence in the classroom, Little Johnny raised his hand.
The teacher called on Little Johnny for his answer.
With complete sincerity in his voice, Little Johnny answered, “A lawyer!”
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Then when they’re gone, I can catch up on my nap.”
While proudly showing off his new apartment to friends, a college student led the way into the den. “What is the big brass gong and hammer for?” one of his friends asked.
“That is the talking clock”, the man replied.
“How’s it work?” the friend asked.
“Watch”, the man said, then proceeded to give the gong an ear shattering pound with the hammer.
Suddenly someone screamed from the other side of the wall, “KNOCK IT OFF, YOU JERK! It’s two AM!”
“When I go to a restaurant I always ask the manager, ‘Give me a table near a waiter.'”
Two elderly gentlemen are playing cards on Saturday evening as they have done for the past 35 years. Max, the older, had been having problems remembering what cards were what, and usually needed help from his wife.
At the end of the card game Ed said to Max, “You did very good tonight. You didn’t need any help at all. Why is that?”
Max replied, “Why ever since my wife sent me to that memory school, I haven’t had any problems at all.”
“Memory school? What memory school?”
Max thought for a moment, “Oh, what’s that flower that’s red with thorns? A really pretty flower…?”
“Yeah…that’s it!” Max turned to his wife and mumbled, “Hey, Rose! What’s the name of that memory school you sent me to?
“Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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