Stress Reducing Tip #1 Get up fifteen minutes earlier

Stress Reducing Tip #1 Get up fifteen minutes earlier

Stress Reducing Tip #1

Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Source: Simon Fraser University

Stress Reducing Tip #2

Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you need to do tomorrow, do today; whatever you need to do today, do it now. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #3

Allow at least 15 minutes of extra time to get to all appointments, meetings, and classes. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #4

Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine in your diet. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health

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“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #5

Just say NO! Saying “no” to extra projects, social activities, and invitations you know you don’t have the time or energy for takes practice, selfrespect, and a belief that everyone, everyday, needs quiet time to relax and be alone. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #6

Turn off your phone (or at least turn off the ringer!). Want to take a long bath, meditate, sleep, or read without interruption? Drum up the courage to temporarily disconnect from the world. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #7

Get up and stretch periodically if your job requires that you sit for extended periods. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #8

Wear earplugs. If you need to find quiet, then make it happen! www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #9

Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #10

When feeling stressed, most people tend to breathe in short, shallow breaths. If you find your stomach muscles are knotted and your breathing is shallow, relax all your muscles and take several deep, slow breaths. Note how when you’re relaxed, both your abdomen and chest expand when you breathe. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #11

Inoculate yourself against a feared event. Example: before speaking in public, take time to go over every part of the experience in your mind. Imagine what you’ll wear, what the audience will look like, how you will present your talk, what the questions will be, etc. Visualize the experience the way you would have it be. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #12

Schedule a realistic day. Avoid the tendency to schedule back-toback appointments; allow time between appointments for a breathing spell. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #13

Become more flexible. Some things are worth not doing perfectly and some issues are well to compromise upon. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress Reducing Tip #14

Use your weekend time for a change of pace. If your work week is slow and patterned, make sure there is action and time for spontaneity built into your weekends. If your work week is fast-paced, seek peace and solitude during your days off. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

Stress-Reducing Tip #15

Do one thing at a time.

When you are with someone, be with that person and with no one or nothing else. When you are busy with a project, concentrate on doing that project and forget about everything else you have to do. www.nuigalway.ie/student_services/health_promotion

“Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.”

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