General Stress Tip: Stop Trying To Be Perfect

Of course there’s nothing wrong with always doing your best, but when it becomes an either-or proposition, either you’re the best and your work is perfect or you’ve failed, that’s when it becomes a problem. These people are called perfectionists.  They can’t be happy with a B grade.  They can’t even be happy with an…

General Stress Tip: Stop Being A People Pleaser

It’s not a bad thing to want to put smiles on people’s faces, but you have to realize that it just isn’t always possible.  Some people take it to the extreme in that it defines their behaviour and how they see themselves.  We call them “people pleasers,” and their constant need to make other people…

Social Stress Tip: Stop Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol reduces stress.  Anyone who’s ever had a drink or two can tell you that.  There is, after all, a reason why it features so prominently in social gatherings — because we’re all at heart a bit fearful of being awkward, so we turn to alcohol to take the pressure away. But that doesn’t mean…

General Stress Tip: Laughter Is Great Medicine

Laughter is powerful medicine, and that includes alleviating the symptoms of stress. Laughter has the obvious power to distract from what is stressing you out.  It has the power to change your mood like flipping a light switch.  But beyond that, it has actual physical benefits that make it a great treatment for stress. When…

Social Stress Tip: Stop Trying To Control Others

  Most of us like to feel like we’re in control of our lives.  We want to think that the right things we do will bring us benefits and the wrong things will cause us disappointment.  Failure is much easier to deal with when it is solely the result of our decisions and actions. But…

General Stress Tip: Avoid Junk Food

Junk food tastes great, and it’s convenient.  For those two reasons we eat far more of it than we should. Junk food is typically high in sugar and fat and almost completely lacking in nutritional value.  It makes you feel sluggish as the day wears on, it deprives the organs of the body what they…

General Stress Tip: Indulge In A Massage

As we all know, stress doesn’t just affect us mentally and emotionally.  It also has a physical effect.  We feel it in various ways, but one of the most common is tension in the muscles of the shoulders and back. The body responds to stress by releasing the hormones adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine into the…

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