Stress Management for Living, Teaching, & Parenting

Weekly Tips

Reduce Stress By Analyzing The Risk

Does taking a risk in life stress you out?

Any time we engage in an activity, we are taking a risk. This is how we live our lives—from getting out of bed in the morning and not losing our balance so we don’t fall—to crossing the street and hoping a car doesn’t appear from nowhere to hit us.

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Vision, Success, and Stress

You’ve heard the phrase “Seeing is believing”. Well, this is absolutely true … when the ‘seeing’ is in your mind.

One of the great approaches to successful living and reducing stress is to develop the art of prompting positive images.

For example, suppose I lay a plank on the ground. Almost anyone can easily walk on the plank from one end to the other. But if I were to raise the plank 10 feet off the ground, how many people do you think would get across it without falling? I would guess quite a few people would fall off the plank.

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Stress and Perfectionism

To live your life to perfection sounds just about perfect, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled, this tip will have you realize why aiming for perfection is flawed and what you can do about it.

Perfection is a goal that you should not strive to achieve because it can prompt a crippling condition, anxiety, and overly critical self-evaluation.

Excellence can be reached—but not perfectionism. Striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high standards is a burden no one should carry.

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Taking Action Without Thought

When I was a young teen-ager, I had a clear glass covering the top of my desk in my bedroom. From time to time, I would collect thoughts that made an impression on me and placed them under the glass so I could review them.

One of the quotes I saved under that glass may have a long-term effect on you—as it had on me. The quote I remember most came from Bernard Baruch, an advisor to presidents—among his many other achievements and contributions.

I quote Bernard Baruch: “I believe above all else in reason, in the power of the human mind to cope with the problems of life.

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Halloween, Its Origin, and Stress

We usually think of Halloween as a time for fun. For example, as an elementary school principal for seven years, each Halloween 750 youngsters in kindergarten through 6th grade dressed in masks and costumes followed me around the playground as I played my Great Highland Bagpipes. It was always a joyous occasion and lots of fun.

Let’s reflect on the reason people wear costumes and masks this season. They engage in this activity to hide their identity—to become a different person.

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Your Subconscious Mind Expectations

Whether you expect to succeed or expect to fail, your expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies.

When you expect failure, you communicate your expectations to your subconscious mind. Your brain accepts the notion and prompts your mindset as if you will fail. You actually program yourself in a negative way to do the things that will lead to failure. This negative thinking creates anxiety that contributes to stress.


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Sitting Is The New Smoking

We all know smoking is bad for you, but did you know that the simple act of sitting too long is also unhealthy? Who knew, the dangers of sitting?

Sit still long enough to hear this tip, and you may take a stand against sitting.

The human body is made for movement. The sedentary culture of sitting for long periods of time is taking a major toll on people’s health. When sitting for long periods, our bodies become less efficient. Sitting for more than six hours a day puts you on a very unhealthy path—even if you exercise.

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How to Handle a Monkey

You may know the term “monkey on your back,” which refers to some problem or challenge that needs to be addressed. But what happens when someone want to hand you his monkey?

This tip is about what to do when someone wants to unload his monkey on you.

When we do things for people that they can do for themselves, we deprive them of the opportunity to learn, grow, and become more self-sufficient.

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How To Avoid Saying No

“No” is one of the shortest words in the English language. However, its constant use can prompt some of the biggest challenges in family and in other relationships.

Ever say “NO!” to a person?

It seems rather obvious that the response to this question prompts negative feelings. If you ask for something and you receive a negative response, you will not be very pleased.

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Employing Your Nonconscious Mind

The nonconscious mind believes what the conscious mind tells it. When a thought flits through your mind, your nonconscious mind “hears” it, believes it, and records it. Your conscious mind may forget about it immediately, but it’s in a permanent file in your brain.

Your nonconscious mind is the storehouse for your habits and all of what you do without consciously thinking about them, which means that your nonconscious mind has a profound effect on you.

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Working With Fear

Fear is often a by-product of negative thoughts. Unfortunately, we have an innate capacity for fear.

Well, fear not. My next tip will have you face your fears head-on and beat them once and for all!

In 1919 psychologist John B. Watson conducted a controversial experiment to see whether fear could be learned.

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Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Anxiety

You may not know exactly why you feel this emotion, but when you do, you think something bad is about to happen. Not to worry, this tip will put your anxiety at ease! Since anxiety is not a healthy emotion and is difficult to ignore, the trick is to manage it and put it to your use, rather than trying to ignore it.



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Staying Unhappy

Staying unhappy is very easy. It even comes naturally to some people. Learn a tip that is sure to turn your frown upside-down.

If you are in a funk, it is natural to be unhappy. But when you are in this state and do nothing about it, you are taking the easy way out. Is this in your own best interest?

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” When unhappy or feeling sad, it is a shame to take the easy way out.

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Listening, Caring, and the Story

Are you sure you know how to listen well?

Listening and caring are prime sources of good relationships. They are so intertwined that if you experience one, you also experience the other.

If you ask yourself how you know someone cares for you, one of your responses is likely to be that you know because the person listens to you.

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Manage the Conversation

Have you ever had a conversation with an emotional person? If you have, you realized the futility. This stress management tip will take the sting out of such future conflicts.

Regardless of age, when an emotionally charged person is seeing red, is angry, or overly obstinate, trying to reason is fruitless.

The smart approach is to take a break.

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Autonomy and Motivation

Autonomy is a key driver of human behavior in traditional American culture. The most successful people are autonomous and are able to handle stress successfully.

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs referred to autonomy as the level of “self-actualization.” My Hierarchy of Social Development refers to this as Level D, Democracy—taking the initiative to do something that is right regardless of social pressures.

People who only reach Level C, (external motivation) on the Hierarchy of Social Development will never be autonomous because they rely on external motivational sources such as seeking the approval of others and the desire to fit in and be liked by others.

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