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Developing a Stress Relief Plan

In developing a stress relief plan, make sure you keep it simple because if you overwhelm yourself with too many schedules or details; that causes stress as well.

Be realistic; if you cannot meet a realistic goal; do not even set it. For example, if you cannot attend a particular function; let the person know that you cannot go ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute and stress yourself out because you are feeling guilty that you cannot go, but do not push yourself to go because you promised. In other words, do not put yourself under stressful situations to please another person.

Know your limitations. If you cannot afford to go to lunch or dinner; do not commit. Learn to say no gracefully. If you have lost your job, but you lived a certain way; you will have to revise your priorities. If family or friends do not understand, do not make it your problem. Find something else you can do with or for them that does not cost. If you usually exchange birthday gifts with someone; find something that you own to wrap and give to them, or send a card to let them know you are thinking of them.

Plan your day as well as your week. As much as possible, stay on top of and control what goes on in your life. For example, if you work a nine-to-five job; get up a little earlier than normal to meditate, relax, or pray; whatever brings you peace. In other words, take time to commune with the Universe; look out your windows if you have them, at the sun, the trees, etc. If you have children to get ready, allow yourself some time to be alone. You do not want to get to your job and be in a stressful mood before you get started working also under another stressful environment. You have to interact with other employees (or the public); who do not understand why you are in a bad mood. This will interfere with you performing the work. By the time you get home (and if you have to commute); you will be worn out; yet you have to prepare dinner and be cordial to your family. So take the time to walk on your breaks, read, etc., or do whatever you enjoy doing in order to exhibit as much peace as possible.

It is so important to develop a stress relief plan because your family will react to you according to the way you act. If you are stressed; they will be also. A chaotic family will eventually become a sick family. If you are married, share your plan with your spouse so that you can work together. If you are head of household, develop a plan that is workable and stress-free for all concerned. If you are single, set limits with everyone, so that you have time to exercise or do those hobbies that you enjoy.