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Brand Break: 15+ Stress-Busters That May Save Your Life

This week a study came out showing that women experiencing high job strain (high demand, low creativity, insecurity) have an 88% increased risk of heart attack.

This led me to think about the techniques I use to lower stress in my own life. Hope these are helpful to you, no matter what line of work you happen to be in.

Notice that I haven't numbered them. Numbering is stressful!

THE LIST

Spirituality - thinking about higher things. Striving for serenity. I like the worldview of the Dalai Lama. New Agey thinking in general. (Also Jewish mysticism - the inner meaning of things. Emphasis on making the world right and whole again, ending injustice and suffering, through personal growth and development.)

Taking care of my family. Achieving something concrete.

Doing my job the best I can. Focusing on my efforts, not worrying about outcomes I can't control.

Writing.

Observing advertising and popular culture.

Observing photography and art.

Diet: No sugar - high protein - nutritional supplements. Avoid chemicals.

Walking in nature.

Bookstores and libraries.

Humor.

Movies.

Music.

The Drudge Report and The Huffington Post. Also The New York Times and (sometimes) The Wall Street Journal.

Taking the time to listen to others, be empathetic, try to help if I can.

Giving charity.

Avoiding the mall, though individual stores are OK.

Starbucks, Panera, illy.

Getting organized.

Take an hour a day for yourself. You will be happier and healthier, and everything in your life will benefit as a result.

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