Monday, August 28, 2006

A Negativity Checklist

A negative attitude can cause stress and depression. On the other hand, studies show that optimistic people are more happy and healthy than their pessimistic counterparts. Turning your attitude around may not be easy, but it could bring you closer to a life free of stress and anxiety.

One exercise that may increase your negativity awareness, is keeping a Negativity Checklist. Before you try to turn your attitude around, spend a few days just observing all of the negativity around you. When you say or do something negative, record the situation on a piece of paper. Your list may look something like this:

  • Got frustrated about poor drivers in traffic
  • Cursed under my breath about 3 of my clients
  • Took part in gossiping about another co-worker
  • Got upset at a waitress at lunch
  • etc, etc

    In the evenings, look over your list, and think about how you could have avoided these situations, or maybe reacted in a more positive way.

    This exercise will help you accomplish two things: 1) You will begin to notice and recognize negative situations and 2) You will have ideas on hand to help you avoid these negative circumstances.

    After a week or two of performing the Negative Checklist exercise, you will find a more healthy and positive attitude begin to surface.

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    Saturday, August 26, 2006

    National Sleep Foundation Survey Facts

     The following are the findings from a survey about sleep:

    - Over half of the American work force reports that sleepiness on the job interferes with the amount of work they complete.
    - Forty percent of adults admit that the quality of their work suffers when they're sleepy.
    - At least two thirds of adults say that sleepiness interferes with their concentration, and 66 percent say sleepiness makes handling stress on the job more difficult.
    - Nearly one out of five adults reports making occasional or frequent work errors due to sleepiness.
    - Overall, employees estimate that the quality and quantity of their work is dimished by about 30 percent when they are sleepy.
    - More than two thirds of shift workers report experiencing problems sleeping.
    - Nearly one out of four adults has difficulty getting up for work two or more workdays per week.
    - A third of adults would nap at work if it were allowed. Posted by Picasa

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    Friday, August 25, 2006

    Quotes About Fear

    You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. - Mary Manin Morrissey

    Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. - Marie Curie

    Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. - Brendan Francis

    There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. - Andre Gide

    To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell

    Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day. - Brendan Francis

    He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Those who fear life are already three parts dead. - Bertrand Russell Posted by Picasa

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    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    A Relaxing Start To Your Day

     If you want to reduce stress, try cutting the rush, frustration, and anger out of your morning.

    Every morning, on my way to work, I see angry people in their cars. They are angry at the red lights, at slow drivers, and at other impatient and aggressive drivers. I can't imagine a less relaxing way of starting my day.

    I try to think how the morning must have begun for these people. I'm sure they woke up at an hour that barely gave them enough time to make it to work. After that, any minor setback was a source of frustration.

    Usually I bike to work, and I always allow myself plenty of time to get there. This way I can take in my surroundings, enjoy the feeling of cool morning air hitting my lungs, and take a few moments for some introspection. When I drive, I generally give myself enough time to take a roundabout route that winds along the river. There’s very little traffic, and the scenery is wonderful. I need to wake up twenty minutes earlier than usual to accommodate this leisurely start to my day.

    A panicky, frustrating, or angry morning can set the tone for your entire day. It can also raise your level of stress and anxiety. Try waking up a bit earlier in the morning, and figuring out a way to actually enjoy your trip to work. If your not worried about being late, the trip to work can be calming and enjoyable. Posted by Picasa

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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    Fear and Stress

     I recently wrote a short entry about guilt and stress. Similar to guilt, fear is a major cause of stress. Fear of making mistakes or saying the wrong thing can often cause a “snowball effect” where the fear results in poorer performance, and then the poor performance makes you even more fearful.

    Fear, like guilt, is usually unwarranted. If you made a mistake in the past, try to learn from it, but don’t let it hinder your performance in the future. Mistakes aren’t made on purpose, so forgive yourself and learn from the experience. Realize that you only learn and grow through your mistakes.

    Soon I will revisit the topics of guilt and fear. They are two emotions that cause undue anxiety and stress in our society. Posted by Picasa

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    Monday, August 21, 2006


    Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one's being.

    Donald Curtis
    Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

    Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

    When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters-one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

    John F. Kennedy

    Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.

    Ralph Marston Posted by Picasa

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    Sunday, August 20, 2006

    Negativity Causes Stress

     We all know that negativity can bring us down. Occasionally venting our frustrations can be therapeutic, but sustained negativity can lead to depression and excessive anxiety.

    Of course, if you are depressed and stressed out, negativity tends to come naturally, but it's important to break this cycle or it can spin you into a very bad place. Breaking the negativity cycle requires effort and persistence. Count the number of times negativity enters your conversations during the day - you may be surprised at the frequency. Make a conscious effort to cut back on negative conversation, and you may be surprised to find yourself in a happier, less stressful frame of mind. Posted by Picasa

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    Friday, August 18, 2006

    Relaxation Quotes

    Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone…The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

    Lin Yutang

    Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.

    Natalie Goldberg

    Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

    Robert J. Sawyer Posted by Picasa

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    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    The Stress and Guilt Relationship

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    Nothing can add to stress and anxiety more than guilt. Learning to control your guilty conscience can help you keep stress and anxiety levels low. Remember – guilt won’t take away your past actions, so dwelling on the past won’t help anyone. Learn from your mistakes, and move on. If you’ve done something wrong, feel good about the lesson you learned, and use it to improve yourself in the future. An attitude of learning and improvement is positive and healing, whereas guilt is negative and burdening.

    Let it go. Both your guilt, and your stress.

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