Do you have Stanley stress?

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By: Center For Worklife - Expert Reviewer

Do you have Stanley stress?

There are different categories for stress, but let’s talk about stress that can be controlled. This is stress that stems from personal actions and emotions. Maybe you missed the bus and are running late to work or perhaps a relationship with a co-worker is in a rough patch which is causing you stress. The reality is you are creating stress as a reaction to those situations. This can be improved through practicing emotional intelligence.

An extreme example of this is illustrated in an episode of The Office called “Stress Relief.” After suffering from a heart attack, one of the characters, Stanley, reveals that his boss, Michael, is the source of his stress. While Michael does have some invasive personality traits and frequently causes trouble in the office, Stanley could choose not to let that cause him stress.

So what does “Stanley stress” look like in your life? There are likely habits and attitudes you could adopt to help you take control. Below are mental, physical and emotional ways to reduce stress.

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Table of Contents

25 Tips for stress management:

  1. Eat healthy foods to physically boost your mood
  2. Drink a lot of water
  3. Get plenty of rest so you have high energy
  4. Exercise frequently
  5. Keep a to-do list and enjoy checking items off
  6. Prioritize around your priorities rather than everything you want to do
  7.  Don’t overbook your schedule, it will only leave you feeling incompetent
  8. Take notes to reduce how much information you have to remember
  9. Organize your living and work spaces
  10. Give others the same patience you hope to receive
  11. Side-step topics that upset you in conversations, you don’t have to be direct all the time
  12. Have  a conversation plan to deal with the people who cause you stress
  13. Practice developing positive views of stressful situations
  14. Be honest with yourself
  15. Don’t bottle up emotions, and instead designate when to talk and when to release through other means such as “kick boxing”
  16. Set aside time for relaxation or meditation
  17. Don’t lose your sense of humor
  18. Smile frequently because it is a proven method of  improving your mood
  19. Learn you cannot always have complete control
  20. Show dedication to your loved ones, but also create “just you” time
  21. Over-estimate time consumption when planning tasks on your schedule to be sure you don’t fall behind
  22. Forgive others for the sake of your own mental health
  23. Make time for enjoyable activities like games, movies and other entertainment and call it “not to do” time
  24. Memorize an encouraging quote
  25. Schedule relaxing activities in to your schedule just like the  stressful ones
  26. Do one good deed every day, no matter how small, it is proven to create good hormones in your body

Going forward, remember life is about “living it to the max.” There are items, situations, people, tasks, or scenarios which based on your experience,  you know create stressful situations for you, usually due to a predisposition to a similar scenario from the past.  Use the 98% rule; 98% of the time, you can anticipate 98% of the situations that can get you agitated or frustrated.  Have a game plan for them in advance, so that you know what to do when worst case scenarios happen.  This will give your brain ease in not getting to override quickly and reframe your mind around being organized and in charge rather than being a victim.  Heart and mind; we are the owner of both.

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