I just read about a study done on stress and girls 7 to 12 years old. (Stay with me here; this could be helpful to you.) It seems that seeing or just talking to their mothers helped lower their stress. In the study, the girls were given something stressful to do. Then one-third met with … Continue reading Stress Relief Is Just a Phone Call Away
I'm taking my own advice and having a mental health day. I'm going to do things that are not work-related, turn off the computer and the phone, and go for a walk. I highly recommend this for everyone, those who are stressed and those who want to avoid getting stressed. Give it a try. Get … Continue reading Mental Health Day
To really succeed at a job, profession, or business, you must have some kind of passion for or satisfaction in doing it. Without that, any job will be stressful.
Earlier this week the New York Times ran an article entitled "A Breathing Technique Offers Help For People With Asthma." Since deep, diaphragmatic breathing exercises are one of my favorite, and easy, ways to help people release stress, I was very interested. I figured that, since diaphragmatic breathing was so effective at relaxing people, the … Continue reading Deep Breathing for Stress: Not for Asthmatics
(If you have asthma, skip this post. Check out my short blog post on asthma and deep breathing.) The quickest way to lower your stress level that I’ve ever come across is simply to take a deep breath. The great thing about this technique is that you can do it anywhere – in a department … Continue reading Breathing to Lower Stress
I recently read a 2003 article on a study of lucky v. unlucky people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/3304496/Be-lucky---its-an-easy-skill-to-learn.html Among the conclusions the researcher reached were a few that stuck out for me: (i) both lucky and unlucky people create their own "luck," good or bad; (ii) lucky people notice more, and so discover more good things to take … Continue reading Luck and the Stressed Out Person
"Jack" (whose name I've changed for confidentiality reasons), a solo attorney, has been working on a big case for over a year. He's up against one of the big law firms in his city, and the stress from feeling ganged up on has been building as the trial got closer. Last week Jack told me … Continue reading Sleeping Despite Stress
A client of mine was thrown for a loop this week when he had back-to-back calls from a friend and a relative. Both callers expressed doubts about his plan to take his business in a new direction. The extreme stress he felt from those calls almost derailed his plan completely. My client had determined that … Continue reading Getting Rid of Unreasonable Fears Fast