Coping with stress

Tips from my Facebook friends – who helped me out when the deletion of my e-mail account by Comcast sent me over the edge. These comments were more effective than my drug of choice, TUMS. I’d love to see your ideas, too!

  1. Breathe in like you’re inhaling the scent of the most wonderful rose ever. Breathe out like you’re a healthy 90-year-old blowing out all the candles on your cake.
  2. Listen to the Bob Marley version of the song “Don’t worry, be happy.” (I tried this; it’s very relaxing!)
  3. Take a deep breath, look around, and realize it passes. You are blessed.
  4. Write all your feelings down. Don’t send this to anyone, just save it. (I would add: Instead of saving it, take the page where you wrote up your feelings and tear it to bits and throw it away. I vividly recall a stressful event in my life where this helped.)
  5. Talk about what’s stressing you, work out, and remind yourself that this is something you are going through, not something you’re stuck in. (I like the last part of this, but I find that talking about what’s stressing me just stresses me out more!)
  6. Remind yourself daily that you live in a country of abundance that is at peace (if this is true!) and your problems are nothing compared to all the misery in the world.
  7. Read a book. Focusing on someone else’s life and problems distracts you from your own.
  8. An ice-cold beer takes off the edge. (This comment from my sister!)
  9. Call the office of some high-level person in corporate and insist they fix your problem. (This may not work, but in my case it did.)
  10. Pretend you are on vacation in some remote place and enjoy the forced vacation (if your e-mail disappears or your electricity goes out!) This friend would also probably recommend writing a haiku.
  11. Move to Ohio or someplace where you don’t have to deal with Comcast. (May not work for everyone.)

I would add – ask your friends for tips on coping with stress! It helps to know you have a cloud of sympathetic souls surrounding you.

P.S. Recently, someone said something to me that caused stress.  I began singing to myself a small song I learned recently, from the words of Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well – and all shall be well – and all manner of things shall be well, be well.”  It helped!

About dorijonesyang

As a former journalist in Hong Kong, I love writing books that bridge the gap of understanding between China and America. My new book, When the Red Gates Opened: A Memoir of China's Reawakening, will be published in September 2020.
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