Stress – Give it Wings & Let it Fly Away

Happiness is a choice So is Stress

If you’re stressed, you make poor decisions, you get sick more easily, and you spread your stress to those around you.In today’s world most of the people are suffering from some or other form of stress and which badly affects them at all the levels. Normally at training’s the most common question which people ask are What can the concerned individual (Manager) do today, to begin managing his or her personal stress?

So here are few steps which can be useful in countering Stress.


The following steps may be considered: 

  • Consciously assess your pace of life.  Take inventory of all recent changes.  Include current or upcoming changes.  Analyze job situations and identify those you find particularly stressful. 
  • Try to become aware of your own physical and emotional limits.  Learn to detect stress symptoms (heart palpitations, headaches, rapid pulse, insomnia).  Learn to identify your state of stress so you can begin to deal with it directly.
  • Simplify your life.  Attempt to foresee the occurrence of specific stress-producing job events, and try to schedule them so they do not occur simultaneously.  Don’t suppress all change and tension–merely “manage” it 
  • Leave job tension at the office–keep work and home life separate.
  • Leave room within your coping range for unanticipated stress situations.  Don’t load your time and budget your energy completely to its quota.  Maintain a state of readiness by staying healthy.
  • When an unexpected stress situation or major change arises, stop and think about it.  Is it really as serious as it appears to be on the surface?  Is it worth the expenditure of valuable energy on worrying and tension?  Or, with the application of a little imagination and flexibility, can you adapt easily and readily?
  • Evaluate the various alternative mechanisms you have for coping with tension.  Are the “old ways” still working effectively?  Or is it time to take a break, get away from it all, and evaluate new courses of action objectively?
  • Be flexible and imaginative, and shy away from stereotyped reactions.  Follow through by analyzing the implications and range of consequences in your response.
  • Above all, be in conscious control of your life.  Participate actively, and with flexibility.  Remember, as a manager, that you are particularly exposed to tension and susceptible to stress.
  • Remember, too, that stress is not all bad.  Some stress is both necessary and desirable.  The basic issue is not its elimination but its containment and allocation–the management of stress.

Slowing Down Internally 

  • Try to stop doing more than one thing at a time.
  • Learn to listen without interrupting.
  • Do things that require concentration–not just the trivial things.
  • Learn to savor your food–take time to enjoy it.
  • Cultivate your sense of humor.
  • Review once a week the causes of your “hurry sickness.”
  • Control your impatience.
  • Take time to show your appreciation to others in a genuine way.

Re-Energize Your Life

  • Get up earlier, start the day leisurely, not fighting against time.
  • Try to find a period in the day for total body relaxation.
  • Restructure trips and vacations to relieve stress, not cause it.

Modifying Your Work Habits

  • Ask yourself what there is you should stop doing.
  • Eliminate activities, not do more in less time.
  • Don’t leave half-completed projects around the office–they simply remind you that you’re behind.
  • Eliminate business luncheons when possible–take an exercise break.
  • Try not to see every situation as a challenge, let others help.
  • Cultivate good judgment, not just speed, when making decisions.
  • Try not to impose your sense of time urgency on others–don’t continually interfere with others who work more slowly.
  • Examine your telephone habits.  Let others handle some of your calls.


How to Handle Stress 

Here are some unorthodox, humorous ways to handle the stresses in your life.First copy all the points on a word page take a print out and than read

  1. Jam 39 marshmallows up your nose and try to sneeze them out.
  2. Use your MasterCard to pay your visa.
  3. Pop some popcorn without putting on a lid.
  4. When someone says” Have a nice day” tell them you have other plans.
  5. Make a list of things to do that you have already done.
  6. Forget the diet center and send yourself a candy-gram.
  7. Tattoo “Out to Lunch” on your forehead.
  8. Dance naked in front of your pets.
  9. Tape pictures of your boss on watermelons and launch them from high places.
  10. Leaf through National Geographic and draw underwear on the natives.
  11. Go shopping: buy everything: sweat in it: return it the next day.
  12. Drive to work in reverse.
  13. Relax mentally reflecting on your favorite episode of “the Flintstones” during an important staff meeting.
  14. Sit naked on a shelled boiled egg.
  15. Refresh yourself; put your tongue on a freezing cold steel guardrail.
  16. Polish your car with earwax.
  17. Read the dictionary upside down and look for secret messages.
  18. Start a nasty rumour and see if you recognize it when it returns to you.
  19. Bill your doctor for time spent in his waiting room.
  20. Write a short story using alphabet soup.
  21. Stare at people through the tines of a fork and pretend they are in jail.
  22. Make up a language and ask for directions.


“In a year you’ll barely remember why you felt so stressed, so why stress about it now?”


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