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Alienating

Know how to lose friends and alienate people?

Have you ever had the experience of wanting to buy something, but the salesperson alienated you, or you were turned off so much that you did not buy from that person—that you felt estranged!

Why lose friends and alienate people? Understanding how NOT to alienate or have someone not turned off is significant in reducing stress.

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Stress and Negativity at Work

Do you lack passion at your place of work?
Do you put forth your maximum effort at your job?

There is a natural human tendency to go to the negative rather than to the positive. Office negativity is not helpful. But there is a way to keep negativity away. For example, if you receive a note that your supervisor wants to see you before you leave for the day, the natural inclination is to assume that the meeting will have a negative connotation. There is no basis for this. It is a faulty assumption; it’s guesswork.

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Stress and Public Speaking

What ranks higher than the fear of snakes? Answer: How to get over the fear of public speaking in front of groups!

My father was very articulate. People truly liked to have him engage in conversations because his ideas were so interesting. Yet, he had a dreaded fear of public speaking in front of groups. He had no difficulty in asking questions and stating his opinion even in large groups, but presenting ideas in front of a group prompted great stress in him.

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Stress And Dealing With Adversity

Dealing with adversity is major challenge for many. However, adversity can be the launching pad to success.

How you personally deal with adversity is the difference.

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Reduce Stress Through Diffusion

When someone has a great idea, how is it conveyed in a picture or cartoon? A light bulb appears over the person’s head! The image illustrates diffusion animation. That image of the lightbulb is an example of diffusion of light. And this illustration can serve to reduce stress.

You can reduce your stress through diffusion by understanding the difference between a light bulb and a laser beam.

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Stress and Anxiety

Why are so many people today dealing with anxiety more than ever before? The answer may surprise you, and this tip on how to relieve anxiety might just help.

Stress and anxiety can affect people of all ages—whether a person is a student under stress or a person in retirement. The key to dealing with anxiety and stress is through effort, which leads to anxiety relief and reducing stress levels.

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Smiling and Other Stress Tips

What are the benefits of smiling? Why is it good to smile? Smiling reduces stress. Scientists know that negative emotions can cause a cascade of biological reasons that harm the body. These include chronic stress that increases inflammation, and inflammation has been linked to a host of health problems.

So give your life a smile. It is not a stretch to think that smiling is a cousin of happiness also prompts positive changes in the body.

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Learning English Can Prompt Confusion

confusion learning english causes stress

Learning English can prompt confusion and stress, but spoken English is easier than written English.

Ever hear the spelling rule “I” before “E”— except after “C”? English is “weird” and not a perfect “science.” Notice that the words “weird” and “science” do not follow this rule.

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Perception Influences What You Do and Stress Levels

William James, the father of American psychology, phrased it this way, “ The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”

The opening paragraph of my book, Discipline Without Stress, deals with perceptions of mindsets. It sets the stage for the entire book. My purpose is to have people be aware of how they phrase and verbalize their own thoughts because they have a significant affect on their perceptions and their beliefs.

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Perception Influences What You Do

Perception and stress

The opening paragraph of my book, Discipline Without Stress, deals with perceptions of mindsets. It sets the stage for the entire book. My purpose is to have people be aware of how they phrase and verbalize their own thoughts because they have a significant affect on their perceptions and their beliefs.

You can see how perceptions and what you visualize affect your stress levels by the following little experiment.

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Stress and Drivers License Renewal

If you are going to have a DMV license renewed or will help someone apply for a new drivers license in the near future, this tip can save much stress and frustration.

Assumptions are the source of more problems, difficulties, and needless stress than any other cause. Renewing my license experience is but one simple example. Hopefully, my experience can save you much frustration and stress

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Forgetting What You Don’t Need Reduces Stress

Forgetting what you don’t need reduces stress because it relieves anxiety, tension, and frustration.

When you decide to buy all new furniture, what do you do? You probably get rid of most of your old furniture. Otherwise, there won’t be room for the new. The same thing is true of new ideas and new ways of doing things. Getting rid of negative and outdated thoughts prompts your thinking towards the new.

Stress is reduced when negative stuff is removed from your thinking

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Reduce Stress by Compartmentalizing

Reduce Stress by compartamentalizing

The concept of compartmentalizing is useful for stress management and for reducing fear, anxiety, and tension. This concept is also useful for compartmentalizing emotions.

If you feel stressed out, consider the technique of compartmentalizing to relieve your stress.

Just as a train, submarine, and ship have different compartments, so can the mind. You can reduce your stress if you compartmentalize your negative thoughts.

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Quality Work Reduces Stress

Stress and quality of work

Did you know that the more effort you put in your work will directly effect your stress, satisfaction, and quality of your work?

High quality work reduces anxiety and stress. Follow the general principle of high quality of work in writing. Simply stated, the first draft should never be considered the final draft.

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Tips to Control Anger and Frustration

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Do you have a low tolerance for frustration? Does it prompt you to get angry and quickly stressed out?

You aren’t alone; it’s human nature to become infuriated and stressed when engaging in stressful situations. If you feel stress in these situations and have a very difficult time taking things in stride, stick around to learn a few approaches that will help curb your anger and frustration.

Frustration, anger, and stress diminish when implementing a strategy.

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Stress and Decision Making

Is it generally difficult for you to make a decision? Do you feel stress? How do you feel when you are confronted with a particularly hard one to make?

Making tough choices can be stressful—but worry not! It is possible to reduce stress and anxiety while solving problems and making difficult decisions.

Success in almost any undertaking requires that you engage in risk-taking.

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Stress and Errors

Managing Stress Weekly Tip Marvin Marshall

This stress tip is about how to reduce your stress when you are attempting something new. When you attempt to accomplish something and it doesn’t work or go your way, do you feel stressed, mentally beat yourself up, or simply want to give up?

This stress-relieving tip will show you how your errors can actually lead to success.

Stress is reduced when you do not fear errors. Instead, think of the attempt as a learning opportunity.

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Unnecessary Obligations Induce Stress

We may create unnecessary mental stress when we engage in an activity simply because we feel it is our obligation to do so. Here is a way you can use to manage stress in such a situation.

Not engaging in unnecessary obligations can reduce stress. My friend, Gene Griessman, an expert in time management, articulated this to me.

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