For the days that all you need it's a cupcake!

Hey everyone,

T.G.I.Fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I’m sure that’s the day of the week that everybody is looking forward to. But guess what? Some people even on a friday cannot leave the stress and problems of the past week behind and enjoy a relaxing weekend with family and friends.

The mind seems to be so in motion all the time during the week, that is hard to slow down and take easy. Sometimes we don’t realize, but this can be a sign of Stress. A lot of people is suffering with the symptoms of stress and has no idea or just don’t want to believe.

When you feel that you have more on your plate that you can handle or more that you are used to, you have a  big chance to initiate stress. If everything bothers you, you never  feel calm and relaxed, you might be going through stress.  The picture below show us how our body, mind, emotions and behavior reacts to Stress: (click on the image to enlarge)

I’m sure you can find a lot of informations online, but I found an article in one of my boxes and I’d like to share with you guys:

 20 tips for Stress Magagement

1- UNDERSTAND STRESS. Recognize what situations set you off and have a plan to help ease those stressful situations.

2- LET IT GO. Concentrate on the things you can change. Let go of the things are beyond your control.

3- SHARE YOUR FEELINGS. Talk to your friends and family. Sometimes simple conversation about how you feel can help relieve stress.

4- GET ORGANIZED. Don’t procrastinate. Focus on one task at a time. Once it is finished, then go to another task. This helps eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed and can motivate you to keep going.

5- LEARN TO SAY “NO”. Saying “no” to extra projects, social activities and invitations can be difficult and takes practice, but is important to allow “alone” time for yourself and your family. Remember, it’s OK to say “no”.

6- PICK YOUR BATTLES. If you know you are right, stand your ground in a calm and rational manner. Be flexible, take other people’s opinion into account, and don’t be afraid to compromise. Arguing only intensifies stressful situations.

7- EXAMINE EACH SITUATION. Look at each situation differently. Don’t automatically slip into old responses that are not effective for you.

8- CHANGE NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR. Approach tasks in a positive manner. Target situations and people that support positive behavior patterns.

9- BE PATIENT. Expect to wait. Take a book, magazine or newspaper in case you are stuck waiting in line for an extanded period of time.

10- LAUGH. Laughter is the best medicine. Take time to find the humor in stressful situations.

11- GET ENOUGH SLEEP. Getting plenty of sleep can asist in making day-to-day stresses easier to deal with.

12- EXERCISE. Let out that built-up stress by exercising at least 20-30 minutes three times a week. This benefits both your mind and body.

13- BREATHE. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. When you feel yourself getting stressed, stop and take several slow deep breaths before you begin to deal with the situation.

14- EAT WELL-BALANCED MEALS. Good nutrition is crucial. Make sure to eat a variety of healthy foods from the food guide pyramid and limit intake of caffeine and alcohol.

15- CREATE QUIET TIME. Take a few moments every day to listen to music, relax, pray or meditate to help clear your mind.

16- CHECK YOUR BODY LANGUAGE. If your body feels tense and rigid, take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders and neck and stand tall. Don’t forget to SMILE. =)

17- ACCEPT COMPLIMENTS. Learn to accept praise from yourself and others. Recognize when you have reached a goal, completed a difficult task or stayed calm in a stressful situation.

18- TREAT YOURSELF. Take time to do something you enjoy. Whether it is reading, gardening, or getting a massage, set aside time to indulge yourself.

19- ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKE MISTAKES. You are not superman/superwoman, so don’t expect perfection from yourself and others. Accept that you live in an imperfect world and forgive yourself and others for mistakes or imperfections.

20- STILL NEED HELP? Make an appointment with your health care provider.

Just chill out, because today IT’S FRIDAY!!!!

Have a Cupcake weekend!!

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