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Practical Stress Management Activities

When we consider stress management activities some things come to our mind right away. We all have those activities we love to do and we all have those ones that are specifically stress management activities. We also all have stress management activities we haven’t ever thought of, heard about, or considered doing. This is where I want to dive into and explore some stress management activities that you, for one reason or another, haven’t done. practical-stress-management-activities

Stress Management Activities

There are fun choices and there are ones that take work. We’ll start with the ones that take effort, they tend to be the most effective (and productive). Get rid of that clutter in your home or office. Take a spin on that and rip up and destroy those things before you throw them away. Burn some old work papers and that junk-mail trying to sell you things you don’t need. Break that old junk that has been laying around and put it in the trash can. A better choice that requires work is exercise. It was written about in a previous articles for stress management activities so I won’t go into a whole lot. Exercising is a great way to feel good and burn off that stress. So much can be accomplished with a fitness activity and it doesn’t have to take a whole lot of time. Go for a twenty minute jog every other day. Bike to work if you are close enough. If you are wealthy get an exercise machine. If you have a pool and it’s warm go for a swim! Jump on a the trampoline own or if you don’t go over and jump on the neighbors. And if they come out yelling tell them to jump with you and stop being such a jerk.

Trampolines are great, I mean we can all relate. The invigoration of jumping up and down like we are some kind of moon creature is a thrill rivaled only by being a moon creature. There are plenty of moons out there but ours is the only one I can see. If you see any other moons please let me know. I love that blue outline the moon shimmers with, it reminds me of shiny blue things.

Anyways thought you might enjoy that last part, but if not get some exercise and enjoy your life!

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Workplace Stress

It doesn’t matter what job we have; a 9-5 office job, construction, food service, or anything else, we all get stressed from our jobs. Weather it’s a difficult client or customer, maybe the demands of you are to great, perhaps your working overtime or even two jobs the stress will be there. For some people it just comes from working at one place for to long and getting burnt out with the same stuff day after day and feeling trapped. Others may be brand new and realize this isn’t what they want to be doing. Whatever it may be workplace stress is almost always more excessive then it needs to be and changes can be made to improve your work life.workplace-stress

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There are many steps you can take and they all depend on your individuality and your workplace conditions. If your in an office a start can be to remove the clutter and add some enjoyable ascetics to it. The visual enhancement of your space will really affect your stress levels and productivity all the while projecting good things to your co worker and more importantly your boss. If you work at a place you hate you need to change your conditions or change your job. The conditions you change can both be external and internal, internal being much more effective. If you tell yourself day after day you hate your job and you dread going into work, it’s going to get worse and worse. Not because the workplace is getting more stressful or more difficult but because you keep telling yourself that it is. Your perspective is everything, really it is everything.

Grow a new perspective

People can be happy and content in relatively poor working conditions if they have the right perspective. Workplace stress can be cut down by changing your view on your work. It can also be lowered with proper stress management, combining the two will yield great results for you. Look around Stress Reducer and other resources and find what works for you.

Workplace stress doesn’t have to affect your life. Find stress management techniques that work for you. Look at your work the right way and you’ll be much, much happier!

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Test Your Stress

This is a tricky subject since we are all so much different. One person can handle many stressors at the same time while another person has a hard time with just a couple or even one. Testing stress is still possible although it is hard to do accurately. Some stress test are out there like the Trier Social Stress Test which tried to single out effects of your personality in relation to dealing with stress. They do this in a lab however, so it really isn’t accessible to the general public.test-stress

There are test administered by psychologist called burn out tests. These tests of stress measure how close you are to being burnt out. They are usually used in combination with what is simply called stress tests; which will help you find all of the stress causing events and stimulus in your life. Combining these stress tests helps to get a better idea of how much more stress a person is able to take before they experience cognitive exhaustion (as defined in a previous article).

So there really aren’t a lot of great options to test stress. The best option in my opinion would be detailed self reflection. Consider writing a journal day to day. This is a great way to reflect on how you are feeling and what is causing you to feel this way. You can test your stress easier than anyone else can and I believe if done correctly it can be more effective. Come up with your own ideas on how you would best measure your stress. Think about your day as it happens and sum it up on paper. Reflect on this and gather a more detailed idea of the levels of your stress on a day to day basis. These are steps you can take for a happier tomorrow!

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