10 Tips For Dealing With Stress

As you work towards making your goals a reality, you will most likely have to deal with a certain amount of stress.

A useful way to think of stress is to imagine a beaker sitting on top of a tripod.

Your ability to handle stress depends on the quality of the three legs of your support tripod.
These legs are:

1. Sleep
2. Food
3. Exercise

If all three legs of your tripod are strong, you will be well equiped to cope with the stress that life brings your way. However, if you neglect any one of these legs, your overall capacity for dealing with stress will be affected.

If one of your support legs becomes too week, your tripod can collapse. This often leads to illness which is your body’s way of forcing you to rest and recover.

Here are ten tips for dealing with stress and maintaining a strong support base:

Ten Tips For Dealing With Stress

(1) If you know there’s a chance you might be working late, pack some fruit, nuts and yoghurt as alternatives to unhealthy snacks.

(2) Keep a bottle of water with you during the day and drink regularly to make sure you don’t get dehydrated.

(3) Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes if appropriate to your workplace.

(4) Go for a brisk walk at lunchtime. The exercise and change of environment will help keep you fresh.

(5) Have a good stretch.

(6) Talk with those around you and if possible have a good laugh. It’s amazing how a shared laugh can reduce stress and tension.

(7) When you get a break, make the most of it by doing something special such as a getting a massage.

(8) Avoid drugs, caffine and alcohol. These can mask stress but don’t help you deal with the real problem.

(9) Before you go to sleep, prepare for the following day by writing down a To Do list. Once you have thought about everything you have to do and got it down on paper you can forget about it and go to sleep. This will help you avoid the endless tossing and turning that often occurs when you are unable to stop thinking about what you need to do.

(10) Ask for help early rather than trying to ‘soldier on’ by yourself.

This Week’s Action Steps:

Be aware of your support tripod and the next time you are faced with a stressful situation, follow the ten tips above to help keep your support base strong.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!


The Book Of Life

Like many people, I took a year off after high school before starting University. In addition to travelling overseas, I hoped my gap year would give me a chance to ‘find myself’. The only problem was, I didn’t actually find anything.

I spent the next few years trying to discover what I was ‘meant to do’ and then it finally hit me… And this realisation quite literally changed my life…

Let me explain.

Many people see life as a book that they are reading. Each day they turn a page to discover what happens next in their life story.

Today I’d like to challenge you to reject this passive view of life and instead see your life as a book that you are in the process of writing. That’s right – YOU are the author.

The pen is in your hand and the pages ahead are blank, just waiting for you to create your story.

The chapters that have made up your story to the present point have no impact whatsoever on the chapters still to be written.

What will the next chapter of your life contain? Will it contain adventure, action, romance?
It is up to YOU to decide.

If you ever get bogged down trying to ‘find yourself’ or ‘discover your purpose in life’, consider this – God (Or the Universal Mind if you prefer) has given each of us the freedom to create our lives in any way we desire. We truly have the freedom to write our own stories.

If you are faced with a major setback, YOU have to decide whether your story will be a story of perserverence and triumph or a story of submission and failure.

YOU decide.

This Week’s Action Steps:

Make the decision to stop trying to find yourself or discover your path in life. Instead, see your life as a book that you are in the process of writing. As the author of your life DECIDE what you want to see happen in the next chapter of your life and make it happen.

Until next time,

 Dare To Dream!


The 10 Most Important People In The World

Today I’d like to introduce you to the 10 most important people in the world. Now this is not a matter of opinion, on the contrary, it is an undeniable FACT that these 10 people ARE the most important people in the world.

Who are they?

They are the 10 people that you spend the most time with on a regular basis.

Why are they so important?

The 10 people you spend the majority of your time with play a big part in forming your mental and emotional environment. They have an incredible impact on your level of self-esteem and how you view the world around you.

Have you ever noticed that when you start spending time with someone new, you tend to pick up some of their sayings or mannerisms?

Well, the same thing happens to an even greater extent on an energy level.

If you associate with negative people, you will pick up on their negativity and over time you will come to share their negative view of the world.

Similarly, if you associate with happy, vibrant people, over time you will develop the positive mindset that is essential for achieving success.

This is absolutely crucial.

If you want to be a success, you must minimise the impact of ‘toxic people’ in your life.

Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially when the negativity is coming from members of your family or close friends.

Rather than trying to avoid negative people, focus instead on seeking out and spending more time with positive individuals and groups.

This Week’s Action Steps:

1. Write down a list of the 10 people you spend the majority of your time with on a regular basis.

2. Go through your list and think about each person carefully. If the person is a positive influence and generally makes you feel good about yourself and about life, then write ‘Positive’ next to their name. On the other hand, if the person is a negative influence and regularly makes you feel bad about yourself and about life, then write ‘Negative’ next to their name.

3.Take note of the number of positive and negative influences in your life.

4. Resolve to spend more time with the people who are sources of positive energy and less time with the people who are sources of negativity.

Until next time,  

Dare To Dream!


The Power Hour

This week I’d like to share with you a simple but incredibly effective strategy that can instantly double your productivity and help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible.

Does the following scenario sound familiar?

It’s 9.00am and you have a lot of work to do so you get started with the best of intentions. After you’ve been working for about 10 minutes, a little envelope appears on your computer screen. You open your email program just to check if it’s anything important. It’s an email from your best friend.

After reading the email and sending a quick reply, you get back to work. Five minutes later, you realize that you’re thirsty so you get a drink and bump into a friend at the drink fountain.

As you get back to your desk the phone rings and you take the call. The caller asks you to email him a report, so you send off the report and notice that your friend has replied to your previous mail. You quickly type a reply to keep the conversation going.

Then your mobile phone beeps to indicate an incoming SMS. It’s a reminder from your husband about dinner at his parent’s place. You text him a quick reply to assure him you haven’t forgotten.

By this time, all that water you drank has kicked in and you need to take a quick bathroom break. When you get back to your desk you notice a small group of people gathered around the adjoining cubicle looking at photos of your colleague’s recent trip to Maui.

When you finally get back to your computer, you realize that somehow an hour has passed and you’ve only spent 15 minutes of that time working on your main task.

As time continues to tick by, your deadline approaches and your stress levels start to rise…

While the details may be different, I’m sure many of you can relate to this story. These day’s there is no end to the distractions that can and do take us away from completing our most important tasks.

So what’s the answer?

The answer is something I call the ‘Power Hour’. Here’s how it works:

Whenever you need to get an important task done, simply make the decision to have a ‘Power Hour’ and decide that you will not be distracted by anything during this hour.

  • Switch your mobile phone to silent
  • Divert landline calls to message bank
  • Turn off your email notification
  • Make sure that you don’t need to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom
  • Let people know that you are not to be disturbed for the next hour

Then, get started and give your total undivided attention to the task at hand. Do not pause to check out what people around you are doing or saying.

Just do what you have to do.

To help you with this process you can either take note of your start time on your watch, or if you get into the practice of scheduling regular Power Hours, you can use a digital egg timer.

The best part about this strategy is that by working efficiently you complete the work that you need to do in the shortest possible time and minimize the need to work long hours. This in turn allows you to spend more time with the people you love doing the things you really want to do.

Action Steps:

This week, try out the ‘Power Hour’ time management strategy for yourself. You’ll be amazed by what you get done!

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!