Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – Day 52 Dealing With Stress

Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – Day 52 Dealing with Stress

This is Day 52 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days (365 Challenge) October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

Welcome everyone! Today is Day 52 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days Challenge! There are now 313 days left before the end of 365 Challenge!

Day 520 – Dealing with Stress

Today’s task is a 30 minute task.

You may know that you are stressed or do not even know that you are stressed.

We respond physically, emotionally and chemically to stress in a way that it has a major impact on our quality of life, ability to perform at work and our emotional state of well-being.

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) say: “New research has confirmed many Australians families are struggling to balance the pressures of work and family responsibilities.”

One needs to ask how to manage stress and keep a balanced life. Work stress exists no matter which line of work, industry or company you are at.

Managing stress effectively requires a holistic approach that is looking at the whole picture that includes, good nutrition, regular exercise (just taking a walk for 30-40 minutes everyday) and hydration (drinking x amount of water every day) to maintain good health.

On Eating Right For Your Body, the Community is engaging in 365-Day Fitness Challenge, that consists of focusing on the journey, not the destination. Though, it includes variations of Yoga, Pilates, BodyRock workouts, recipes and keeping a journal to keep track of your adventure. You are wondering whether eating right, being active and doing the things you love, keep the stress down.

 The answer is ABSOLUTELY.

 Even I get stressed too the point I am not effective when I need to be. Sometimes, you need to take the backseat and let someone else drive for a while. It’s like driving a car. When you get tired, you pull over and let someone else take the wheel until your rested. Life is like this and so is stress. You can add fire to the fuel, keep going, burn the candle at both ends and eventually burn out, where it can lead to a nervous break down, illness, depression so on.

I believe it is important to take days off, relax and unwind from the grin and dine of life. I mentioned earlier that having a balanced physical, emotional and chemical body and mind is one key factor to help you stress less and keep it together.

”Having regular and reasonable hours is the key. For some part-time work is a desirable arrangement but the key issue is to have control over the length of the working week and the work hours. The most important entitlements are about hours,” said Ms Baxter, review Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

What is stress?

The Healthy and Safety Executive ( defines stress as:


Whether this is true or not, to you, you will find that in the statement above it has some truths to it whether you believe it or not. Although certain levels of pressure is required and healthy, when levels become too high, and you cannot cope or you do not have the resources to cope on any level, then your health and efficiency are affected, physically, emotionally and chemically. Operating outside your comfort zone you can cause suffering and stresses because that’s when you’re likely to be beyond your known range of capabilities or experiences.

The answer to managing stress, therefore, seems obvious doesn’t it?

  • Reduce personal demands
  • Avoid change
  • Encourage people to work less
  • Stay in the comfort zone
  • Allow flexible working hours
  • Make more resources available

Now, you get the idea of what stress can do to you, but how do we respond?

Without further ado, here is Today’s Task.

Day 52 – Dealing with Stress

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I found all of these were things that I did to combat stress when stress levels became high in my CEO life and I am still aware that I could easily slip back down into that vicious cycle if I am not careful. Learning the small changes brought about BIG CHANGES and NOT PUTTING PRESSURE ON MYSELF with thoughts like: I have to go to the gym, I have to drink 2-3 litres of water, I have to eat  X amount of food etc. really helped. I made small changes over time and hope that some of the tips people gave me and others that I discovered along the way will help you too.

The next step is to put it all together and commit to making changes.

What changes are you willingly to make? Remember, this is your CHOICE and from this point on, it’s up to you!

Here are 12 tips (The Top 12 Stress Beating Strategies) which can help you manage it better:

  1. Recognition – Being aware of stress and what it is
  2. Beliefs and Attitude – Understanding your mind and responses
  3. Embrace Change – in other words: being flexible and allowing change
  4. Analyse your current position and desired position
  5. Healthy eating and hydration – foods and water
  6. Exercise – make a routine for activities
  7. Relaxation – Learn how to relax
  8. Breathe – Learn breathing techniques and strategies
  9. Seek help – Find professional help or talking to someone (
  10. Manage yourself and your time – time management tips and hints
  11. Get a Goods night’s  Sleep – Learning how to sleep effectively and efficiently
  12. Make a plan, take action – setting achievable goals


Day 52 Reflection for 365 Challenge

  1. What steps are you taking to keep stress down and productivity up?
  2. Is there anything you learned today?
  3. If so, what is it? Write it down.

Share Your Answers!


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