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Tips for Reducing
Stress in Your Life
the Social Diary Safety Educator Columnist Monica Zech
Column #10, March 21st, 2006
From Safety Educator Monica Zech
With a busy schedule "stress"
is sometimes hard to avoid...especially
behind the wheel. For some us, stress is a daily part of our lives.
the news, stress has been implicated as a possible cause of-or
adding to some of the symptoms of a variety of health issues,
heart disease, stroke, immune disorders, gastrointestinal problems
irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, eating
problems, diabetes, sleep disturbances, and sexual reproduction
dysfunction. The latest research says stress increases our cholesterol
levels and may even shrink the brain contributing to memory
loss..."Where did I put my car keys?" So obviously,
learning to reduce
your stress levels can help you live happier, healthier, and maybe
longer lives. It would also reduce the number of road rage incidents
seen on our roadways. In fact, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, two out of three serious injury-fatal
crashes you hear about in the news, are a direct result of "road
To offer you some help, take a moment to
read the following advice
from the National Mental Health Association, offering tips for
or controlling your everyday stress levels:
Be realistic - Don't take
on everything; learn to say no. Set realistic
goals for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try eliminating
activity that is not absolutely necessary. Ask yourself, "What
needs to be done? Is the deadline realistic?" No one is perfect,
not expect perfection from yourself or others. And ask for help
Meditate - It only takes
about 10-20 minutes to get a benefit from
meditating. These few moments of quiet reflection may bring relief
stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. And it is simple
sit quietly, listen to peaceful music, relax, and try and think
pleasant things or think of nothing.
Visualize - Take a moment
to picture how you can manage a stressful
situation more calmly and successfully. This can work with just
anything, whether it is an important presentation at work or moving
new place or taking an exam. A visual rehearsal can boost
self-confidence and help you have a more positive attitude toward
Take one thing at a time -
When you start to feel overwhelmed, try
taking one task at a time. Make a list of things you need to do.
most urgent task at the top. Once you have accomplished it, cross
and move on to the next one. The positive feeling of crossing
can help keep you motivated.
Exercise - (A great way
to relieve stress) - Regular exercise is a
great way to reduce stress, and it benefits the body as well as
mind. Just 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day can do the
Much better then drinking an alcoholic beverage. Also setting
example for your children.
Get involved in hobbies
- Take a break from the stressors of life and
do something you really enjoy. Try gardening, painting, or reading.
Schedule time to indulge your interests.
Practice a healthful lifestyle
- Eating healthfully will make a
difference. Avoiding things like smoking, excessive alcohol, and
caffeine will help as well. Make sure you get adequate rest and
exercise, and that you balance work and play.
Share your feelings -
Talking about things can help you feel better. A
conversation with someone can help you relax. And listening to
else can take the focus off of yourself-something we all need
every now and then. Stay in touch with your family and friends;
try to cope alone.
Give in occasionally -
You don't always have to be right. Be flexible.
Be willing to compromise. If you do, others may meet you halfway.
know you are right, stand your ground. But be calm and rational.
listen and make allowances for other's opinions.
Go easy with criticism -
When you expect too much from yourself or
others, you may end up feeling frustrated, let down, and disappointed.
Remember that each person is unique and everyone, including yourself,
has shortcomings. But each person also has many beautiful qualities
share with the world.
*For additional resources in reducing the
stress in your life please
visit the National Institute of Mental Health
website available at: http://www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/41.cfm.
I also provide safety lectures in dealing
with the stress and road rage
issues in driving for your group or company. For information or
schedule a talk, contact me at (619) 441-1737 or email your request
firstname.lastname@example.org . - Monica Zech, Safety Educator for the
of El Cajon.
From Safety Educator Monica Zech, City
of El Cajon, Police & Fire
For more safety information please visit
our web site at El
Monica Zech is the Public Information
Officer and Safety Educator for the City of El Cajon and for El
Cajon Police and Fire Departments. For safety tips please
visit El Cajon
Fire.com In community work, Zech is the President
on the board for the Trauma Research Education Foundation-TREF
and a board member with Communities Against Substance Abuse-CASA.
In March, Monica received the County's 2005 Individual Health
Champion Award for her safety lectures in the community and throughout
and visit Zech's
Web Site ,or Monica
Zech at (619) 441-1737.
to New this Week.......Monica
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