Management and Stress: Tips from Real People
Focused on Health - August 2010
by Laura Nathan-Garner
Below, we share some of their creative strategies for de-stressing.
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I run with a running club — a group of women [who] run early every Sunday morning, year round, no matter what the season. Our runs are MY therapy. I get the health benefits of the distance running and the emotional benefits from running with a “pack.”
Cleaning the clutter
I can't believe I am saying this, but I clean house. Of course, sometimes cleaning is not an option and a nap does wonders.
I take a 30-45 minute lavender bath.
When I find myself overwhelmed, I stop EVERYTHING, do a forward bend for a few minutes, and then stand up and say, “For the next few hours, I'm going to do only one thing at a time, and do that one thing very, very well.”
I have a small office with no windows. To reduce stress at work, I have taken pictures of the great outdoors and the ocean, and put them all over my tiny office space walls.
I reduce stress with yoga, time with friends, or read a book to take me to another place.
I watch short segments of “Mama Mia” when I’ve had a stressful day. It’s impossible to stay stressed out listening to “Dancing Queen” or “If You Change Your Mind.” The music is infectious. I want to get up and sing and dance around for hours.
— Christy M.
I started doing pilates recently, and I found it also reduces your stress level. Very relaxing and invigorating at the same time.
I hit golf balls at a driving range. It requires extreme focus, it's quiet, and it’s me against me. Every shot I make, I think of it as a problem in my life. I set up for my shot, I look at something that needs improvement, look at the best possible way to fix it, and swing.
I take a bubble bath and watch a funny show. There's no better medicine than a nice bath and some laughter after a stressful day.
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