Rule #8 in John Medina’s Brain Rules, is about stress:
Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
Our brains are not meant to withstand chronic stress. We are built to deal with short bursts of stress than last about 30 seconds. Stress not only affects our learning, it can damage our memory, executive function, motor skills, immune responses and our ability to sleep. It can lead to depression and a host of other ills. It can affect school, work, leisure and relationships.
And that is just part of the story. For a more detailed explanation, check out the stress info in the brainrules.net website.
Besides all that, here’s another #3S reason to try relieve stress:
When there is no job related stress, you are more aware of your mate and children, if you are a parent.
You cannot really achieve Success, Significance and Satisfaction if you are chronically stressed.
Here are 9 quotes on Managing Stress which reveal how different people approach stress management.
Every night, I have to read a book, so that my mind will stop thinking about things that I stress about.
2. Watch your attitude
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.
3. Think of something else
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
4. Put your energy into a positive cause
In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
5. Your hobby, profession or vocation (and music!)
I definitely use my music to kind of alleviate my stress and get me through specific moments in time where I’m just being really tough on myself.
6. Physical activity/sports
I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.
7. Live in the moment
Live in the moment, day by day, and don’t stress about the future. People are so caught up in looking into the future, that they kind of lose what’s in front of them.
8. Relax, meditate, exercise
Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. You’ll look and feel way better for it.
My body needs laughter as much as it needs tears. Both are cleansers of stress.
How do you manage stress in your life?
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