Every new day presents a new set of challenges. It is so easy to get worked up and angry over problems and obstacles, which in turn can can ruin a perfectly wonderful day. Sometimes the villain can be as insignificant and a rude driver, or as serious as a work project gone awry. Rather than going ballistic, there is an alternative, common sense approach: Take a deep breath, count to 10, avoid reacting to problems with anger, or anxiety, and calmly approach the situation with a cooler head and attitude by analyzing what is happening and thinking through a solution. I admit, some days it is easier said than done, but it is an important goal to embrace because it can reduce stress, improve health, and help to build better interpersonal relationships. Exercise and meditation help me to reduce stress, and stay grounded, but I am earnestly taking this effort one step further and am working to maintain a more zen-like approach to my days (an attempt to extend my meditation and Yoga practice into the rest of my day). I also am continuing my 2008 resolution to be more consciously kind to myself and others by being aware of my attitude, actions, words, and deeds.
I intend to 'Be Cool, Calm & Collected', as part of my I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. Why not join me? The objective is very simple: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. Resolve365 in 2009.
In my daily effort to learn new things, I did some research into ways to reduce stress, stay cool, calm and collected. As I mentioned some of my primary tools for reducing stress, finding balance and staying calm include exercise, meditation and Yoga. I also walk for exercise, relaxation and happiness - I love to walk, listen to all the sounds, take in the sights, and seek new adventures. Most importantly I maintain a daily journal that includes a realistic list of daily 'To Do's (along with a running list of long-range 'To Do's' - my plan for achieving my dreams resolutions and goals). My journal and my habit of taking one small step at a time, one day at a time, keeps me on track, realistic about my resolutions, and inspired about my progress. If you would like to learn more, here are some websites that offer additional tools and insights about ways to reduce stress, stay cool, calm, and collected . . .
- MayoClinic.Com - Stress Basics
- MayoClinic.Com - Stress Relief Tips From Mayo Clinic
- WikiHow.Com - How To Be Calm In A Stressful Situation
- EHow.Com - How To Reduce Stress By Staying Calm, Cool, And Collected
- Bloomberg.Com - Wall Street Bosses, Tiger Woods Meditate To Focus, Stay Calm
- About.Com - Exercise & Stress Relief: Using Exercise As A Stress Management Tool
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Kim M. Simpson - March 31, 2009
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