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Stressed?

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

William James

 ! 01 stress

I missed a couple of appointments and opportunities over the last few months that disturbed me and has taught me I have to manage myself a little better. So I am in the post-it note, computer alerts and smart phone reminder mode these days. One missed appointment took me nearly to stressful concern, a place I have trained myself to avoid over the years.

My stress avoidance has not come from any magic formula, ancient chant or mystical secret but rather from learning some years back that most things that stressed me out were really not that important. Regret sometimes sure, but agony over what had happened and that was now the past, never. Stressing over the past never ever helped anything, it only created lingering discomfort.

So now when I blunder, as I do more than I wish I did, I take notice of what it was and why it happened so that I can do whatever I can to try not to repeat the happening. So I write lots of notes to myself, sometimes with admonitions to be more careful but never with recriminations that only hurt.

So are you a stress avoider like I am? If not you might benefit from the tips included in this article written by stress management expert Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Stressful Day? Here’s How To Feel Better

Stop Stressful Days In Their Tracks–Every Day Can Be A Better Day!

  • 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. (Hint: these cognitive restructuring techniques can help!)
  • 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! Research on coping styles shows that social support can be a wonderful stress release, and can lower cortisol levels as well. So let your friends help you, and you can return the favor when your friend has One Of Those Days in the future.
  • 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. Then you can reverse your body’s stress response, improve your mood, and press ‘restart’ on your bad day. Or at least suck some of the stress right out of it!

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Most important thing in life is to be happy. Don’t stress over the little things and learn to believe in the positives. Remember that it is up to you. Don’t let others bring you down.

Robert Boughter

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This comes from a Catholic elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e., incorrect spelling has been left in.)

  1. In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.
  2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.
  3. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.
  4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.
  5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.
  6. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.
  7. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.
  8. The seventh amendment is “Thou shalt not admit adultery.”
  9. Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol.
  10. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
  11. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.
  12. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
  13. When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
  14. When the three wise guys from the East side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.
  15. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
  16. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, “a man doth not live by sweat alone.”
  17. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
  18. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
  19. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.
  20. One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.
  21. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
  22. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

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Help beautify our dumps. Throw away something pretty.

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News from the British papers:

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coastguard spokesman commented, “This sort of thing is all too common”. (The Times)

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I can resist anything but temptation.

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After meeting with the boss, the head salesperson mustered the troops. “People,” he said, “I’ve just been informed that we’re going to be having a fire sale.”

“A fire sale?” spoke up one agent.  “But we sell insurance.”

“I said a fire sale, and I meant it,” he replied rather coldly. “Anyone who doesn’t make a sale gets fired….”

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Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.

Douglas Pagels

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Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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