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 Stress reducers at home - My Senior Health Care

Stress can rear its ugly head at home, even in the absence of conflict. Here are some ways to reduce stress with very little effort on your part.

  1. Unplug your phone when you need that seclusion time. Allow yourself a nice, long bath or an uninterrupted nap.
  2. Instead of remembering all your household and yard work chores, write them down on a calendar so that when the time comes you will have a clear picture of what is to be
    done and you will not feel stressed about forgetting anything.
  3. Keep the top of your desk clean or at least organized. If you begin with a messy desktop, you will never feel complete about any aspect of your work. So organize that mess at least once a month. Any task then undertaken and focused on will seem less stressful.
  4. When giving or receiving directions always repeat them to ensure accuracy. A single wrong turn or missed street sign can cost a lot of time.
  5. Clear up any stressful confusion by talking it out with a close, trusted friend.
  6. Strive to be honest in your dealings with others. There is nothing so stressful as having to cover a lie, or worse yet, being caught at it. For making life less stressful, honesty is the best policy.

  1. Keep 15 minutes extra, when you have to reach for an appointment.
  2. Always have a magazine or paperback to read while you are waiting.
  3. Do not schedule appointments back-to-back. Be realistic and allow for transition time.
  4. Do not allow yourself to be over-dependent on approval for everything you do. Rewards are gifts, not the main fare. Seeking praise on a constant basis sets you up for frustration and stress.
  5. Do not agonize over negative job performance appraisals. Instead, learn from them. That is what they are for, and not to create stress.
  6. Give up the notion of maintaining total control. Do not try to meet every deadline and fill every quota.
  7. Learn how to say 'no' to extra projects that are clearly not essential.
  8. Learn to delegate responsibility to persons who are capable of fulfilling it.
  9. Allow for mistakes and judgment errors. Mistakes sometimes turn into creative solutions. Keep to black-and-white thinking by which you can distinguish between right and wrong or good and bad. There are many ways to skin a cat. Maybe your mistake will help you find a new one.
  10. When problems do occur, focus on teamwork effectiveness rather than individual blame. Punishment leads to stress, even for the punisher. A teamwork approach focuses on what can be learned and how to avoid the problem in the future.



  1. Call halt to madness. Give yourself time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Reconnect with your inner self. Allow your creative self to emerge.
  2. Avoid myths about 'being a man' that create more stress.
  3. Replace anger with constructive communication. Take responsibility for your actions instead of blaming others. Make sure you hear one another before lashing out. Have 'pow-wows' before the tensions build too high.
  4. Enjoy your family. Have a note on family matters. Develop family rituals. Create special messages that can be sent by a digital pager. Have a family brunch or dinner every Sunday. Read the Sunday paper together, sharing comics, puzzles, sports, and so on.
  5. Reduce stress at work.
  6. Allow yourself 'escape' techniques once in a while.
  7. Acquire good sleeping habits.
  8. Learn meditation and yoga techniques to help your body remain youthful.



Before arguing
You express your opinion
You are ready to respond to your partner' statement
You specify what change you want
Arguing becomes too intense
At all times
Next time

Know what you want
Do not blame anybody until you know the truth
Make sure you have heard what has been said

Explain how it affects you
Use T' sign which stands for 'time out'
Use common courtesy and respect
Plan regular discussions to prevent conflict

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