Stress Reduction Technique #1: Setting boundaries: Make this a game. Every boundary you set that wins you time 'earns' you that amount of time for something you truly enjoy. For example, by checking your email only once a day, how much time will you save? Dedicate those saved minutes for a time treat, something you enjoy that fits within that time frame. Make a list of time treats in advance, and reward yourself immediately after each success. You will be pleasantly surprised how much easier it will be to set boundaries when you know you'll benefit right away! Do this daily for a month to establish a healthy habit.
Stress Reduction Technique #2: Glass half full: For a new twist on cultivating optimism, buy a set of small note cards. At the beginning of each day, jot a quick thank you note to someone who has brightened your life in some way. You will relive the kindness as you write about it. And you maintain healthier connections when you let people know you appreciate them. To further enhance this powerful exercise, use 'dead time' (while waiting at a stoplight, for example), to think of people you'd like to thank. Focus on the sending out. If you get a response, consider that an extra!
Stress Reduction Technique #3: Affirmations and Visualizations: How much time do you spend unhappily ruminating over someone's thoughtless words to you? To convert stress to strength, capitalize on how your brain can focus on just one image at a time. Each time you visualize and affirm your inherent worth, your grievance recedes from center stage. Then use the senses that are most evocative for you to create your ideal inner space. Recall uplifting music, personal successes, warm interchanges or favorite sayings. Then fully absorb the pleasure.
Each of these exercises focuses your power to manage your time and your thoughts in health-enhancing ways. Recalling kindness, expressing appreciation, reaching out to others, and affirmations all flood your body with endorphins that lower stress. You reinforce your awareness of how much power you possess to make yourself happy, no matter what others may do.
Remember, no amount of time is too short to reduce stress and increase your pleasure. As these stress-reduction exercises prove, energy turnarounds needn't be difficult to be enormously effective.
What further ways can you enhance your time management skills and utilize creative stress reduction techniques?
Paula Eder, PhD, the SelfGrowth.com Official Guide to Time Management, is an internationally-known coach and published author who mentors spirit-driven solopreneurs and small business owners to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they can make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.
Living on a working farm in rural New Hampshire, Paula's connection with time is as organic, spiritual, and down-to-earth practical as the vitality and resiliency of the seasons. From her base in New Hampshire she has maintained a thriving coaching practice for the past 35 years; is a Certified Coach in Kendall Summerhawk's Money Breakthrough Method™ Program; and is a certified graduate of the Vanguard class of the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program conducted by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD and Ben Dean, PhD.
Her Heart-Based Time Management System helps busy people just like you develop the skills to make authentic time choices that lead to work success, personal growth, vibrant health, and an ever-deepening relationship with yourself and those you love.
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