10 Simple Tips for Managing Stress

I’ve been invited by Dress for Success San Francisco to give a presentation next week on managing stress. As I finished my initial preparation, it occurred to me that with all that is happening in our world these days, everyone could benefit from these 10 simple tips:

  1. Eliminate the idea of lack. Recognize that opportunities to create more abundance are all around you. It’s just a matter of focusing on them and following through.
  2. Look to see a benefit in the stress point – a silver lining or a valuable lesson learned. Choose to see tough economic times as opportunities to work hard and learn how to do what you do better to get and keep the job.
  3. Exercise your right to respond peacefully. A challenging situation does not require an emotionally charged response. Your choice to react peacefully does not mean that you agree with or support the stressor; rather it demonstrates your choice to minimize its negative impact.
  4. Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to sit quietly, relax and surround yourself with the energy of peace.
  5. Learn to accept things you can’t change. Choose to believe that the universe knows more than you about what is best.
  6. Find an exercise you enjoy and do it regularly.
  7. Avoid negative people and environments as much as possible. Do whatever you can to surround yourself with peaceful influences.
  8. Learn to say no. Don’t promise too much. Give yourself enough time to get things done.
  9. Trust in the goodness of the universe. Expect that what you need will be provided.
  10. Join a support group or seek out professionals if you can’t cope on your own. Consider seeking help as a sign that you are smart enough to know it and strong enough to go for it.

8 thoughts on “10 Simple Tips for Managing Stress

  1. Yes, Secret Key Candace, meditation is one of the best things you can do. It’s impossible to feel stress when you are feeling deeply relaxed and focusing on peace.

    Thanks for contributing.


  2. Great tips Susan, and many of these actually rejuvenate the human brain also. You’re likely aware of new research on stress and the terrible impact it has on the human brain. Spoken like a pro – and thanks! Ellen

    • Thank you, Ellen. I have to say that I didn’t realize the tips rejuvenate the human brain. You do such a great job on your blog of explaining how the brain works in fascinating ways. You write in an inviting style that makes concepts that I haven’t studied easy to understand. I appreciate that.

      Best wishes,

  3. Susan,

    The posts on meditation and calming down were chicken soup for my soul. I know your presentation was awesome, as you are!

    Thanks for the pointers and the guidance.

    Still Becoming a Woman of Purpose

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