De-Stress In 60 Minutes Or Less!

(BlackDoctor.org) — No matter how great (or not-so-great) your life is going, stress can always find a way to work it’s way into the mix. So what can you do to feel better…faster?

Here are 5 of the top ways to give yourself a quick dose of peace of mind.

1. Go for a walk.
Want a break from the office? Does your house feel like an insane asylum? Slip out the door and let your feet take you somewhere. Not only will walking give you the opportunity to clear your head and take a break from that hectic situation, but it’s great aerobic exercise, too.

2. Talk to a friend.
We all have someone whose voice alone perks us up. Give them a buzz, even for a few minutes. Whether with a joke or a funny story, or just by listening, they will likely put a smile on your face and calm you down. Besides, what are friends for?

3. Write in a journal.
Expressing our feelings could be the best way to deal with stress. Keeping a journal is a way to capture those feelings at any moment. You don’t have to worry about what others think or say, just let your pen do the work. By the time you’re done, those feelings will be on their way out of your system.

4. Sweat it out.
Have some pent up frustrations? There’s no better way to get rid of them than by exercising. Pop in a workout tape, hop on your bike or grab your jump rope. You’ll be too busy working up a sweat to worry about what’s stressing you out. Picture the stress leaving your body through your pores.

5. Take a hot bath.
A hot bath will initially give your body a kick, which in turn will give your mind a kick too – and then it’ll slow both down. Add bubbles and a few candles and you have the ultimate soothing atmosphere.

Is Your Schedule Killing You?

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Are you overworked and over-scheduled? Do you always feel pressed for time? If so, you are certainly not alone.

Lack of time can be detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. When we are pressed for time, we tend to exercise less, eat foods for their convenience rather than their nutritional value, have less time to interact with our families and friends, and spend little, if any time, on self-development and spiritual growth.

Here are some simple ways you can begin to take back some of your time:

• Set aside a certain amount of time each day just to do what you want to do. How about 1 hour each day? If that’s not “possible,” start with smaller increments of time, say 15 minutes, and work your way up.

• Doing part of something is better than doing nothing. Even if you can’t complete a task or a project, it is better to take a small “chunk” out of it rather than letting the whole thing slide until later. If you absolutely “hate” working in that manner, then just make sure you set aside a specific time to complete the entire task or project.

• Learn to say “No.” This isn’t always easy, but it can make a world of difference. Even if you don’t want to say “No” completely, try to set limits around how much you will do and when.

• Bundle your tasks. Save up non-urgent errands so that you can do those that are logistically close to one another.

• Delegate. How much is your time worth? It may be worth the cost of hiring someone to do things like mow your lawn, clean your house. This way, you will be purchasing the precious commodity of time. Remember that it’s more than okay to ask for help.

• Do the least desirable stuff first. Take care of the tasks that you dislike so that you don’t waste precious mental time thinking about not having done them!

• Are the things you feel you “have” to do really necessary? It can be easy to get caught up in the details – to the detriment of the big picture.

• Take an honest look at the activities and people in your life that are “energy drainers.” Do they need to be a part of your life? What would happen if you eliminated or reduced your time spent on/with them?

And, most importantly…set aside time each week to do something special. Make sure that, no matter how busy you are, you take the time to play. Spending time with friends, outdoors, at the movies, whatever makes you happy, is essential to helping you be the most focused and effective you can be with your time.