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Integrative Stress Management

Updated on September 19, 2012

Integrative Stress Management to Enhance Effective Living

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your mind off the goal” There are many ways to deal with the pressures and the difficulties of living in an often too fast world. The question becomes what can a person actually control? What can they really do about all the noise filtering in to an otherwise placid mind? Remembering that all we can control is our own behavior, although we can somewhat control what we think about, the following piece describes a method of enhancing effective living through responsive thinking techniques.

Integrative Stress Management offers techniques that may enable people to look at their world in a slightly different way. Beginning with the premise that fundamentally, the universe is a tripod, integrative Stress Management posits the assumption that mental, physical and emotional needs must be accounted for with the same reverence as educational occupational and athletic performance. Thus, the following ideas are proffered to provide relief from situational realities that may inhibit happiness and contented living.

Mental gymnastics are easily accomplished by displaying affirmations within the one’s constant field of vision. Post cards hung in the cat, kept in the wallet, or pocket, are examples of this technique. Consciously repeating the quotations before presentations and prior to any meeting will change perspective. Driving with the radio turned off and repeating affirmations or gifting others with silent prayers of encouragement are further examples of this concept. “There is power for good in the universe, and you can use it.” states Ernest Holmes. Use it!

Body awareness, desk stretching exercises, yoga poses, and walking the neighborhood place of employment will allow for physical examination of one’s mental state. Consciously repeating affirmations while engaged in this behavior has been proven to quell anxiety. Understand this technique in the way one would repeat a mantra. Walk fast. Speak out loud. Mantras such as “Let go and Let God” or “I don’t believe in defeat” are concrete ways to embrace this position.

Before engaging in any interaction after work, employing spousal cues can assist in achieving emotional stability. “This is a time to listen, dear, not a conversation.” Prior to greeting one’s spouse or children whisper a gratitude for that person. Flash drive a gratitude list. Add to it daily! When engaged in a confrontation, revert back to positive affirmations rather than using relationship destroying skills such as blame and guilting.

The documented benefits of these techniques offer avenues to increase employee productivity and longevity. Ultimately, defeat is open to anyone who embraces that demon. Survival and growth are possible through Integrative Stress Management. Your choice?

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    • Abundant old soul profile image

      Abundant Old Soul 5 years ago from united states

      Thanks Billy! I will keep reading your stuff as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For those suffering from stress I can see these suggestions as useful. For me....what stress? I'm livin' large and lovin' life! :)

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      Abundant Old Soul 5 years ago from united states

      This is a great hub. It gives me concrete ideas about living.