Sunday, December 11, 2011

Strategies For Stress Management


Hello All.  Thank you for visiting the Center for Health and Wellness Blog.

I chose the theme “Live InThe Moment” because of the added stress in my life due to a Jury Duty summons.  Well, I’m still on-call for Jury Duty which means my life is on hold until my release from the summons.  And, although I have not had to report to the Court House since Wednesday, I need to call each day at 5:30 p.m. to find out if I remain on-call or am activated for service.  Of course, this means having to ensure that all of my commitments are covered which means that my colleagues who are assisting me are also “on call”.  One of these professors said to me on Friday in response to my umpteenth (is that a word!) thank you:  “We are all Americans and glad to have this opportunity to help.”  

One of my stress-inducing habits is a perspective involving my thinking that I have to do it alone.  This Jury Duty experience is reminding me of the benefits of reaching out to others and remembering to use the “help” word.  I am proud of my can-do independence which is rooted in my American heritage.  However, there are times when I need to be reminded that I do not have to do it all and that it is a good thing to rely on others.  My colleague’s comment humbled me and reminded me that there are good people in my life willing to assist….all I have to do is ask.

There is a Chinese Proverb that states:  Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  Maintaining a positive attitude is helping me see the opportunities life presents on a daily basis.  Seeing the opportunities, reduces the tension.

I’ll keep you posted. 

Until the next time, look for the possibilities.   

Thank you for spending time with me.

Andrea G. Shenkman, M.S.

Adjunct Professor, Stress Management

Kaplan University      


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