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Stress Is The Killer

September 29, 2010

When I was younger I had a little toy bat that when you pushed its belly it said a few things, but my favorite was “stress is a killer.” Why did I have a stress free bat as a toy? Who knows, but I loved it. Now not all of us can have a bad to remind us to calm down, but here are 50 things you can try:

  1. Forgive
  2. Take a break
  3. Make a CD of calm songs
  4. Go for a walk in a park
  5. Take photos
  6. Do yoga
  7. Smile
  8. Try guided imagery
  9. Write down 10 things you are thankful for.
  10. Think of one good thing that happened today regardless of how small it was.
  11. Run
  12. Eat a banana
  13. Do the robot
  14. Recall a silly conversation you recently had
  15. Pet a cat or dog
  16. Give someone a compliment
  17. Engage in a random act of kindness
  18. Paint a picture
  19. Roller skate
  20. Go outside
  21. Dance in the rain
  22. Drink Orange Juice
  23. Jumprope
  24. Watch your favorite childhood cartoon
  25. Make silly faces in the mirror
  26. Draw cartoons characters the represent your friends/neighbors/co-workers
  27. Read a book
  28. Go to the gym
  29. Join a group
  30. Try learning a new hobby
  31. Juggle
  32. Read a blog
  33. Hug someone
  34. Have a spa day
  35. talk in a calm voice
  36. Go on a picnic
  37. Dance
  38. Declutter your office/desk/house
  39. Wear your favorite outfit
  40. Ask for help
  41. Create an inspiration board
  42. Plan a weekend getaway
  43. Daydream
  44. Hang up inspirational quotes where you will see them
  45. Take a deep breath
  46. Try laughing at yourself
  47. Smell a flower
  48. Spend the day at a museum
  49. Go on a ferry ride

What do you do to relive stress?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 7:54 am

    Hug my hubby….

    And not tell myself things like “Stress is the killer” .

    You’re absolutely right-stress can lead tot hings like high blood pressure which can cause a fatal stroke, but the things we tell ourselves repeatedly tend to get locked into our belief system in our unconscious mind…

    And, since the mind-body connection works out of there, if we believe firmly enough that stress can kill us, we can increase the odds that it’ll do just that

    Stress is not really the killer. But too much stress is not always good for us, so we do well to manage it 🙂

    And tell ourselves things that support our health, joy and prosperity


  2. September 30, 2010 7:19 am

    Create something in an art journal. Write. Make some music. Watch a favorite old TV show. Have just one alcoholic drink (too much more when I’m stressed and I’ll just fall asleep, haha).

    Stress is totally the killer. Maybe not directly, but I really believe that it leads to a whole slew of other crap like heart attacks and cancer and yuck that does kill us.

    • September 30, 2010 10:28 am

      Oooh, I love the idea of watching an old favorite show. Especially tracking something from my childhood down on Youtube. Never fails to make me smile.

  3. September 30, 2010 10:13 am

    This is SUCH a great post. Stress is definitely “a killer” and the root of so many (if not ALL in some way or another) health issues. Love this list so much!

  4. October 3, 2010 8:43 pm

    It’s important to remember that not all stress is bad. Getting married is stressful. Making love is stressful. Riding a rollercoaster is stressful.

    Stress is anything that raises our alertness/arousal level and has the potential to trigger a “fight or flight” reaction. Stress gives us the energy to deal with challenges and do great things, and is not bad in of itself when it happens the way it was originally supposed to, which is for short bursts of time.(It can even be fun :-)!…)

    Stress becomes a problem when it is a constant companion. Then, the mechanisms meant to create short burts of speed/strength/alertness have a negative/destructive effect on our bodies. But it’s not the stress that kills. It’s the results of remaining in a long range pattern of constant stress especially while feeling powerless or doing nothing to change things

    It’s also worth noting that it’s not the events themselves that cause the stress-it’s the meaning we attatch to those events.

    That’s why telling yourself that “stress is the killer” is such a bad idea….


  5. October 15, 2010 2:13 pm

    Great list! If I’m having a really bad day, I’ll hug my little black pug – Nigel. It usually seems to work. Have a beautiful day!
    XO Piper


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