Last fall, after one of the lunch and learns about stress and resiliency, I shared a print-out of "15 Ways to Reduce Stress" that was provided by the Fleet and Family Support Center in Bethesda. I have the list on my bulletin board in the office but the print is so tiny, I always say to myself that the first thing I need to do to relieve stress is print it larger! Through some magic and help from Praveen, I have the list in text now and wanted to share a few of the tips with you. I'll save the others for a later Cyberflash!
Most of us realize that exercise releases endorphins that make us feel good, but do you really believe it? Try simply leaving the building you are in and taking a short (10-15 minute) walk around the block or the building when you are feeling stressed. You will be amazed at how much better you feel. If you add some rhythmic breathing (in 4 counts - out 4 counts) while you are walking, you will increase the benefits.
Here's a good one: try breathing in for the count of 4, hold for 7 counts, breath out for 8 counts. This method is a well-known relaxation technique and is very effective. It also works when you are dealing with pain.
Take a Mental Vacation
Find a place where you can be alone for about ten minutes and imagine that you are in a location that you'd find relaxing. For instance, imagine that you are sitting on a beautiful beach somewhere - maybe Tahiti -alone. Hear the waves hitting the beach as the surf comes in and out. Feel the breeze blowing through your hair. Feel the comfortable warmth from the sun on your skin. Hear the sounds of birds flying overhead. Feel the sand on your feet and legs. Relax ...
Do one thing at a time
Multi-tasking is your enemy if you want to reduce stress. Do you try to talk on the phone while answering email and eating lunch? There is a reason that there is a law requiring employers to give their employees a lunch hour. Take it.
Do something kind
Get out of your own head for a bit and find something to do for someone. Maybe all you'll come up with is, "Nice shirt!", but it's a start.
Be a human
That's what you are, you know. No one says that you need to start wearing a Superwoman or a Superman cape. Put the one that's hanging off of your shoulders into the closet. Or better yet, burn it.
Be kind to yourself and those entrusted to your care .
CAPT Anne K. Lynch, NOAA
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