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					We've all experienced stress...from being up all night with a cranky baby to dealing
with an incompetent supervisor. Rather than getting a headache and feeling
overwhelmed, try some of these stress reduction techniques.

1. Pinpoint the problem causing you stress. Some people complain, "My teenager is
driving me crazy!" While it's true teens can push their parent's buttons, narrow down
exactly what is stressing you. Is it your teen's sloppy bedroom? Their one-word
answers? Failing grades? When you pinpoint the cause of stress, you have a better
chance of solving the problem.

2. Get enough sleep. Yes, you've heard that advice from every self-help book and
doctor. That's because a proven stress reduction technique simply involves getting
enough sleep so you have the strength to think clearly.

3. Have some fun! Buy a novelty red computer key imprinted with PANIC. You can
push your very own PANIC button whenever the stress reaches high levels.

4. Start being assertive. You have more power over your life than you think. Tell your
co-worker you won't write their report for them. Let the PTA know you'll make a
monetary contribution to the new playground but you won't serve on the construction
crew.

5. If you don't have time to learn about "professional" meditation techniques, try this
simply way of clearing your mind. Simply look at an item around you. Look at the
door, notice the shape and color, then say "door". Next slowly glance at the computer
and say "computer". Take time to observe all the letters on the keyboard, the crumbs
between the keys and fingerprint smudges. Your mind starts to slow down as you
mindlessly focus on one item at a time.

6. Stop multi-tasking! Studies show people are more efficient when staying with one
task until it's completed.

7. Make a plan. Instead of complaining about your stressful situation find a way to
make changes. Update your resume and look for a new job. Make a budget to help
you start saving for retirement. Act...don't react.

8. Find a way to add a little humor to your day. Keep a book of funny cartoons or
humorous sayings in your desk. Buy a Page-A Day calendar with funny pictures.

9. People can't read your mind. If another person is causing you stress, find a way to
communicate with them and reduce the stress level.

10. Exercise. No explanation needed. Start moving.
11. Think back to your last camping trip. You probably experienced a few flying
critters. The next time you feel stress, categorize the situation like this: Gnats: a tiny
irritation that will soon go away. Mosquitoes: irritating, causes a bit of a sting. Wasp:
we're talking stress! Can cause pain physically and emotionally. Black bear: time to
make some major changes! Can cause major stress that needs to be dealt with right
away.

In most cases, if we're objective, the things that cause stress in our lives is equivalent
to a gnat or mosquito.

				
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