If you feel overstressed, you are not alone. Eight in ten Americans report that they struggle with significant stress in their lives according to a 2017 Gallup poll.
Even mental-health professionals are not immune to this serious problem. My wife, a seasoned clinical psychologist, recently presented a seminar on reducing stress to a group of 150 school teachers. After
racing to the seminar location through a horrific traffic jam, shortly after hospitalizing a suicidal client in the middle of a 13 -hour work day, she wreaked of stress. In fact, her level of stress appeared so obvious that several seminar participants coldly advised her to manage her stress before offering advice to others on the topic. Of course, that added even more to her stress.
What should you do about stress? BE SMART!
Using the acronym, “BE SMART,” here are the major areas which cause stress in our lives, and general ideas on how to manage them.
BE SMART about Easing Stress
- Body – Soothe stress by taking care of your body.
- Emotions – Honor your emotions by feeling them fully and understanding their purpose.
- Space – Cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. Declutter at least one safe room to relax.
- Money – Ask yourself, “Do I really need it? Do I really love it?” If you answer “No”, don’t buy it.
- Attitudes – Focus on problems to solve them. Then turn your attention to happy things.
- Relationships – Nurture the ones that nurture you; limit or avoid the ones that don’t.
- Time – Use time well by avoiding procrastination and establishing priorities.
So, how do you ease stress?
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