Coping with Stress

Everyone has times in both their work and professional lives where they find themselves with an overwhelming amount of stress.  Sadly, it may be unavoidable.  The important thing is to find something that helps you cope with the situation and relax your mind and body. 

Last weekend I spent the day with my family on the lake fishing for small fish.  There isn’t a lot of thought that needs to go into that kind of fishing.   You simply drop the line, move it once in a while and wait for the tell-tale sign the fish is biting.  The sun was out, the wind was calm, and the temperature was perfect. 

I like going on the lake because it gets me in touch with nature and away from electronics.  There were no phones, email, TV, or even radio.  It was so quiet you could hear the fish jumping on the shoreline.  I came back home and I felt a lot better – I had slowed down my world.

I asked my friends, family and co-workers what they do to relax and here are a few of the responses I received: sit out on the deck with a glass of ice tea, take the dogs for a walk after work, get a massage, get a manicure, and go to a coffee shop to read a good book.

Do you get away from your stresses? If you don’t, try to on a regular basis. I strongly suggest you do.  One thing I found, is relaxing helps me to remember why I work so hard in the first place.  It also clears my head and I find I’m better able to understand the tasks at hand and how best to work through them.  I would love to hear about the things you do to relax.