How to Reduce Stress & Take Care of Yourself

Hi there,

I’ve had this bit of paper (with the above title) stashed in various drawers and folders for what must be years now.  I encounter it occasionally, think to myself ‘I really must share this on my blog’, then file it carefully away.  Eventually I’ll get sick of seeing it, so I thought I’d finally pull my finger out and copy it out here, now.

  2. Work no more than ten hours a day.
  3. Have at least one and half days a week free from normal work routine.
  4. Plan one ‘away from it all’ holiday each year.
  5. Allow at least 30 minutes for each meal.
  6. Eat slowly and chew well.
  7. Examine your eating habits and balance your diet.
  8. Cultivate the habit of listening to relaxing music.
  9. Practise relaxation or meditation twice a day (or better still three times) for at least 15 minutes at a time.
  10. Find a ‘hermit’ spot.  Use it daily and do not allow interruptions.
  11. Take at least TEN minutes daily for physical exercise, preferably in the open air.
  12. Have a regular massage or join a yoga class.
  13. Cultivate a creative, non-competitive hobby, and spend time on it – e.g. gardening, painting, making music, etc.
  14. Actively cultivate the habit of walking, talking and moving at a slower pace.
  15. Smile and respond cheerfully whenever meeting anyone.
  16. Remind yourself that you are an ENABLER, not a magician.  You can only change how you relate to people; you cannot change THEM.
  17. Caring and being there is sometimes more important than doing.  Admit you feel helpless when you do.
  18. Give support to others and learn to accept it in return.
  19. If emotional and/or sexual relationships are upsetting, seek advice.
  20. If you are unhappy at work, take stock and look at choices – i.e. retraining, new areas of work, job agencies etc.
  21. Avoid the tendency to dwell on the past.  Concentrate on the present.
  22. Express your feelings openly, without antagonism or hostility.
  23. Finish one task before moving onto another.
  24. Do not accept, or give yourself, unrealistic deadlines.  Do what is most urgent today, and leave the rest until tomorrow.
  25. Vary your routine as often as practicable.
  26. Say “thank you” to yourself whenever you have finished something that you feel satisfied with.
  27. Before you go to sleep, remember THREE good things that have happened during the day.
  28. Use supervision or the ‘buddy system’ regularly as a source of support, assurance and re-direction.
  29. Avoid ‘shop’ talk during breaks and when socialising with colleagues.
  30. Say “I choose…” rather than “I should, ought or have to…” Say “I won’t…” rather than “I can’t…
  31. Accept responsibility for your life.
  32. If you never say “No”, what is “Yes” worth?

Okay, some of these are pretty unrealistic, ‘have a regular massage’ etc.  Who has time or money for that?!  If you do, don’t rub it in!!

But on taking the time to really read through it, I may actually pop it on the side of my fridge, as it makes some rather useful (if challenging) points.

Quickly, before I forget, as I have the brain of a cheese sandwich at the moment.  Check this link (Nic) for some awesome film merch (better late than never) –


I love the horror T-Shirts, hubby got this Zombieland one for Father’s Day, along with a gift adoption of this wolf.  Spoilt boy!  He’s a great Dad though, so he deserves a present from each of our babies.

Have a good weekend y’all x




4 Responses to “How to Reduce Stress & Take Care of Yourself”

  1. Great advice! I should probably read that each day before I get up!

  2. Rachel Says:

    Work ten hours a day???!!

  3. Nicola Says:

    Thanks for that Jen and we will both check it out. Love your hints/tips re stress and am going to print it out and frame in our study. Lots of love xx

  4. fundays Says:

    i cant function without a list! great ideas Jen!

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