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Posted Jan 06 2010 2:46pm
OUT with the old and IN with the new2009 is gone and 2010 is here and will definately pass. So much will be happening in the yearcensuses around the worldThe Africa Soccer Cup of NationsFIFA world cup and so on. The recession came is now "under control". We are starting a new decadeand what a way to start than to give some advice on how to cope with the pressures of life. Here are some tips on how to manage stress levels. Remember i said stress levels because we need a certain amount of stress in our lives and too much of it is also not good for us. I hope this will be useful and feel free to share with your friends and family.

Breathe – One of the easiest and best ways to manage your stress is to take control of your breathing. When your anxiety levels riseyou may notice your breathing increasing. You might start taking fastshallow breaths. Close your eyesinhale deeplyand then exhale slowly while counting to ten.

Exercise – Any form of exercise is conducive to stress management. Creating a regularly scheduled exercise routine can not only help you work tension out of your bodybut can help to eliminate unnecessary stress as well.

Guided imagery and meditation – Guided meditation is often perceived as “weird.” Howeverit is one of the easiest ways you can relax.

Laugh – It has been said that laughter is the best medicine—and it’s true!. See a funny moviebuy a book of jokes—LAUGH.

Take a break – When was the last time you went on vacation? Everybody needs a break every now and then. Plan a nice getaway with your spouse or family. Leave work at work. Get out and have some funrelax and reduce your stress levels.

Manage your time wisely – One of the biggest causes of stress is poor time management. Do you often feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do? Do you run from one appointment to anothersometimes even arriving late? Planning and managing your time in a more wisely manner can greatly reduce a lot of stress.

Loosen up – Are you uptight? Do you take little time off for fun? While your time should be managedstress can be caused by living a life that is too strictly controlled. If you find it difficult to have fun anymoretry loosening up the reigns just a bit. Take a day off; go for a stroll in the park; catch a fish and give it to a stranger.

Journal – Journaling is nothing newbut not many people take advantage of the positive benefits journaling can have. Journaling is a good way to get things off your chest without exploding at those you love. It helps you to put things in their proper perspective and discover things you didn’t recognize about yourself before.

Start a hobby – Do you have a hobby? All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. Try something that you’ve always wanted to but never made the time for—golfingknittingswimmingreadingphotography.

Stay out of trouble. live life to the fullestbut within the law. Go wildbut know the limits.

Aim for greater heights. some say the sky is the limiti say there is no limit in what you can achieve. Don't let people try to define who you arebecause you only have one life to live and if you do not trywho will do it for you. So jump over the fence and experience life.

Stay focused on your job. If you loose focus on the job at hand then stress will take its toll. Do not loose focus of what you want in life and what dangers you encounter along the way.

Practice team work. Being a team player is one way of relieving stresssharing with colleaguesfamily and friends will ease the burden. The load is lightened and at least when you share your burderns you will knowYOU ARE NOT ALONE. So hop on and enjoy the ride.

Take your time trusting others. Take time to trust that not everyone is your enermy. Have friends or connections in every industry fromBin collectorsBankersLawyersDoctorsBar tendersFisher men e.t.c. You never know when you will need them. It is these friends who will watch your back when you need them.

Save for rainy days. Some times the unexpected comes and it 'rains' you down. It can be a natural disastersuch asa Hurricaneit can be lose of a friendor life's unforeseen changes. You should be mentallyphysicallyphychologically and even physically prepared ....

Finally...HOLD ON


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