Managing stress: simple mind-body strategies to help you get through major changesgood and bad – director’s letter
Major changes — even if they’re for the better–create significant stress. Like many of you, I’m in transition both at home and at work. Recently, I moved from a house I’d lived in for 15 years. My neighbors were like family, and I miss connecting with them. A few months ago, I lost two pets, including one I’d had for 17 years. And the company for which I’ve worked for 15 years was purchased earlier this year. Though this change brought with it a promotion, my new responsibilities require that I develop many additional skills in a hurry, which is obviously stressful.
Over the years, I’ve learned some effective stress-management strategies that have allowed me to get through many major changes, and I’d like to pass them on to you.
1. Remember what you love about your work. When your work life is stressful, it’s easy to forget what you enjoy about your job. I’ve always loved working for a company committed to excellence and to creating a product that promotes the well-being of others. Staying aware of what I value most about my work revitalizes me.
2. Every morning, exercise or meditate to energize your body and mind for the day. I see the sunrise from my treadmill and give thanks for the new day. Make time each day for you–it’s a proven stress buster.
3. Focus on what you have now, not on what’s missing. I may have lost two of my cats, but I still have one left, Katie. No matter what challenges I face, Katie–and love from friends and family–helps melt away tension.
To help keep your stressors from supersizing, don’t miss “10 Ways to Stop Toxic Stress” on page 186. And consider living by the words my mother used to say to me: “Your best is good enough.”
My best to you,
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