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IDEAS FOR REVITALIZING AND ENERGIZING YOURSELF

These ideas are always helpful, but may have particular impact after times of heavy stress such as though produced by the storm.  Prepared by Manitowoc County Human Services, Thomas A. Stanton, Director.

 

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER AND ANSWER ARE:

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY STRESS?

WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT IT?

WHAT WILL I DO ABOUT IT?

Here are some examples of creative changes that others have found re-energizing for them. Some of these ideas you might find helpful in your search to relieve your distress ó to turn the tables on stress and make it work for you rather than against you. Use these as simulators. Dream up your own creative set of activities designed to get the results you desire.

Some of these may be ways to begin to wake .yourself up, shake up your habits, pull yourself out of the dumps. Now is the time for you to begin formulating a plan that you think will help you be more creative in managing your stress that will lead you to a greater sense of freedom and joy in your life. YOU must create your plan. YOU must choose the changes YOU want to make. Both the challenge and the rewards are YOURS.

YOU CAN DEVELOP SELF-UNDERSTANDING

bulletListen to the voice of your body. 
bulletMake a list of your present goals. 
bulletWrite a diary or a journal.  
bulletAnalyze your successes.
bulletGet feedback from others on how they see you.
bulletMake use of the helping professionals. 
bulletKeep track of your "stress quotient". 
bulletFind out what is controllable in your life and what isn't.
bulletBe honest with yourself.

YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR MIND:

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 Read about stress and human growth.

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 Learn about stress.

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 Be sensitive to all dimensions of life.

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Take a course.

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Go to the public library.

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Think about great ideas.

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Clear your mind.

YOU CAN DEVELOP HEALTHY ATTITUDES:

bulletDevelop the attitude of gratitude.
bulletThink positively.
bulletLearn to accept what you cannot change.
bulletDon't be afraid of failure.
bulletPractice living in the present.
bulletGet friendly with leisure.
bulletReward yourself.

 

YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT:

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Find security.

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Spend time in a new environment.

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Change residence.

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Rearrange and redecorate your home.

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Cut down excessive noise.

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Control the TV set.

YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR JOB:

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Remember, no job is tense.

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Focus on one thing at a time.

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Donít try to be perfect.

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Define the purpose of work.

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Take some time off.

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Take a nap at work.

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Redefine your job.

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Quit.

YOU CAN LIFT YOUR SPIRITS:

bulletWork toward deepening your life.
bulletKeep things in proper perspective.
bulletDonít do wrong.
bulletLearn to let go.
bulletAllot time for daily meditation.
bulletEngage in organized religious activity.
bulletEncourage your gentleness.
bulletLearn to play again.
bulletLaugh.

 

 

YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS:

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Admit to yourself how you feel.

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Practice self-expression.

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Work off your anger.

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Face your fears.

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Experiment with acting your way to a new feeling.

YOU CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY:

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Learn to relax.

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Get proper rest.

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Get regular vigorous exercise.

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Eat a nutritionally balanced diet.

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Lose weight.

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Control all your input.

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Dress the way that feels right.

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Practice good posture.

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Utilize medical checkups.

 

YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

bulletSeek out good friends.
bulletShare yourself with significant others.
bulletContact new people.
bulletDo something for others.
bulletTake charge of getting involved.
bulletGive the other person a break.
bulletDonít criticize and blame others.
bulletGive in occasionally.
bulletMake clear choices.
bulletFace painful questions directly.

YOU CAN LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE:

bulletBe yourself.
bulletArrange to have variety in your life.
bulletTake one thing at a time.
bulletDonít let things drift.
bulletPlan for maximum comfort.
bulletLearn to vary your pace.
bulletSet up desirable futures.
bulletTake time to be alone.
bulletPlan relaxed vacations.
bulletPractice relaxed driving.
bulletDevelop a hobby.
bulletDevelop your own list of coping devices.
 
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