Monday, August 25, 2008


According to Anthem, stress is linked to the six leading causes of death in the U.S. It hurts your ability to heal, remember things, and fight off sickness. It can make you age faster and make your hair fall out. It can even give you bad breath. Below are seven proven stress busters recommended by Anthem:
  1. Focus on one thing at a time. You can't do everything at once. Pick out your most important task, put the rest aside and realize you're doing all you can (see my post on multitasking)
  2. Take time to relax. Everyone needs some time to reset and regroup. Build time into your schedule to feel peaceful and make it a priority. Read a book, listen to music, take a hot bath or revisit a hobby.
  3. Ask for help. It may be time to share or delegate some responsibilities; people are usually willing to help if you ask. No awards are given for doing everything yourself.
  4. Be flexible. Accept that plans will change, people will disagree and life is sometimes less than perfect. Be prepared to compromise.
  5. Talk to someone. You're surrounded by people who want you to do and be well. Sometimes just talking about worries and aggravations is a big relief.
  6. Take a break. Rejuvenation. Renewal. Rekindling. Whatever you call it, a short break from your normal day can restore your energy and give you a fresh perspective.
  7. Lighten up. Laughter has real benefits for your body and mind. Spend time with people who make you laugh, watch a funny movie and plan fun activities.

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