Stress Relievers

Research in positive psychology shows that setting and pursuing a variety of goals that are meaningful to us is associated with less stress.

This includes being present in the moment and self-reflection activities like writing a journal.

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The Stress We Encounter Daily

A moderate amount of stress is beneficial for us but chronic, and toxic stress has the opposite effect of deteriorating our well-being.

Our current lifestyles provide us with above-average levels of psychological stress, which slowly drains us of our willpower and resilience, and makes us feeling hollow and unfulfilled.

We have a word for it: Burnout.

The long-term effect of chronic stress is described as allostatic load. This is a fairly common form of chronic stress response of the body if it isn’t completely destroyed.

Prolonged stress makes the mind and body function in a different, sub-optimal way called maladaptation.

Many professionals have reported epidemic levels of burnout due to an abundance of stress-inducing activities that are not productive or necessary.

Chronic stress and burnout also result in errors, accidents, disability and even death.

This is about concentrating on your internal motivation, and perceived capability to attain a certain goal. It makes us achieve small goals, as we are motivated towards taking the small steps which eventually lead to our larger goals.

Remember that we are not machines, and we cannot sacrifice our well-being for someone else’s bottom line, or any artificial target.

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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps".

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  • Breathing Exercises: Great for acute stress because they work quickly.
  • Cognitive Reframing: Learn to change the way you look at the situation to manage your stress levels.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: It will give you a moment to regroup and calm down.
  • Mini-Meditation: Take breathing exercises a step further with this quick, 5-minute meditation technique to calm down in the moment.

Performing obligations makes you want to do desired activities to compensate, which often leads to failures in self-control and feelings of inadequacy. It’s important to not overwhelm yourself with obligations so you don’t lose control later and incur in inefficiency.

  1. Rank the tasks on your goal list based on your motivation toward them.
  2. Look at the balance between desirable and undesirable tasks.
  3. If there are more undesirable tasks, create a small list of desirable tasks, preferably related to your main goal, until you have roughly the same number of each.
  4. Change the order of the tasks so you have desirable and undesirable tasks alternating.

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