Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down. - Natalie Goldberg
My husband suffers from migraines and his neurologist once gave him, along with a prescription for Topomax, a brochure called Headache Help. Inside, there’s a section with a list of “proven stress reducers.”
Now, for a women’s magazine junkie like myself, there were plenty of things on the list that made me go, “Duh!” Like: prepare for the morning the evening before; get enough sleep; take a hot bath to relieve tension. But the list had some surprisingly interesting ideas as well. Here are ten that I liked:
1. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass doesn’t get mowed this weekend. [my note: substitute vacuuming, laundry, or whatever for lawn mowing.]
2. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are probably 10, 50 or 100 blessings. Count them!
3. Everyday, do something that you really enjoy.
4. Focus on understanding rather than on being understood; on loving rather than being loved.
5. Do something that will improve your appearance. Looking better can help you feel better.
6. Become more flexible. Some things are worth not doing perfectly and some issues are well to compromise on.
7. If an especially unpleasant task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with; then the rest of the day will be free of anxiety.
8. Have a forgiving view of events and people. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world.
9. Have an optimistic view of the world. Believe that most people are doing the best that they can.
10. Do one thing at a time. When you are with someone, be with that person and with no one or nothing else. When you are busy with a project, concentrate on doing that project and forget about everything else that you have to do.
Do any of those hit home for you?