Week 6: Shed Stress
Stick it to anxiety: Get some dot stickers at an office supply store and place them on strategic spots, like your phone, watch, travel mug and
steering wheel. Every time you see a dot, do some breathing (in for 8 counts, out for 8 counts). Use you diaphragm—your belly
should go out as you inhale an din as you exhale. Breathing is the easiest stress reducer, experts say. Slow, deep breaths
actually reduce the body’s production of anxiety-inducing hormones.
Practice saying "I'll get back to you": Shouldering excess responsibility is a huge source of stress for women. One way to lighten that load is to avoid getting roped into chairing an extra committee or chaperoning on more field trip because you couldn’t think of a plausible excuse. Simply saying “I’ll get back to you” gives you time to think about whether your can—or even wan to—take on a commitment, and to come up with a good excuse if you don’t.
Fit in some fun: Actually penciling in this time on your agenda o calendar helps ensure you’ll take that break from obligations to recharge. (Need inspiration? January is National Hobby Month. What new pastime would you like to try?)
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