Friday, January 9, 2009

Stress Management Part 1

Personal Mastery ( Good one)

1. Sleep less. This is one of the best investments you can make to make
life more productive and rewarding. Most people do not need more than 6
hours to maintain an excellent state of health. Try getting up one hour
earlier for 21 days and it will develop into a powerful habit. Remember, it
is the quality not the quantity of sleep that is important. And just
having an extra 30 hours a month to spend on the things that are important
to you.

2. Set aside one hour every morning for personal development matters.
Meditate, visualize your day, read inspirational texts to set the tone of
your day, listen to motivational tapes or read great literature. Take this
quiet period to vitalize and energize your spirit for the productive day
ahead. Watch the sun rise once a week or be with nature. Starting the day
off well is a powerful strategy for self-renewal and personal

3. Do not allow those things that matter the most in your life be at the
mercy of activities that matter the least. Every day, take the time to ask
yourself the question "is this the best use of my time and energy?" Time
management is life management so guard your time with great care.

4. Use the rubber band method to condition your mind to focus solely on the
most positive elements in your life. Place a rubber band around your wrist.
Each time a negative, energy sapping thought enters your mind, snap the
rubber band. Through the power of conditioning, your mind will associate
pain with negative thinking and you will soon possess a strongly positive

5. Always answer the phone with enthusiasm in your voice and show your
appreciation for the caller. Good phone manners are essential. To convey
authority on the line, stand up. This will instill further confidence in
your voice.

6. Throughout the day we all get inspiration and excellent ideas. Keep a
of cards (the size of business cards; available at most stationary stores)
in your wallet along with a pencil to jot down these insights. When you get
home, put the ideas in a central place such as a coil notepad and review
them from time to time. As noted by Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Man's mind,
stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

7. Set aside every Sunday evening for yourself and be strongly disciplined
with this habit. Use this period to plan your week, visualize your
encounters and what you want to achieve, to read new materials and
inspirational books, to listen to soft soothing music and to simply relax.
This habit will serve as your anchor to keep you focused, motivated and
effective throughout the coming week.

8. Always remember the key principle that the quality of your life is the
quality of your communication. This means the way you communicate with
others and, more importantly, the way you communicate with yourself. What
you focus on is what you get. If you look for the positive this is what you
get. This is a fundamental law of Nature.

9. Stay on purpose, not on outcome. In other words, do the task because it
is what you love to do or because it will help someone or is a valuable
exercise. Don't do it for the money or the recognition. Those will come
naturally. This is the way of the world.

10. Laugh for five minutes in the mirror each morning. Steve Martin does.
Laughter activates many beneficial chemicals within the body that place us
into a very joyous state. Laughter also returns the body to a state of
balance. Laughter therapy has been regularly used to heal persons with
varied ailments and is a wonderful tonic for life's ills. While the average
4 year old laughs 500 times a day, the average adult is lucky to laugh 15
times a day. Revitalize the habit of laughter, it will put far more living
into your life.

11. Light a candle beside you when you are reading in the evening. It is
most relaxing and creates a wonderful, soothing atmosphere. Make your home
an oasis from the frenzied world outside. Fill it with great music, great
books and great friends.

12. To enhance your concentration and powers of focus, count your steps
you walk. This is a particularly strong technique. Take six steps while
taking a long inhale, hold your breath for another six steps, and then
exhale for six steps. If six steps is too long for the breaths, do whatever
you feel comfortable with. You will feel very alert, refreshed, internally
quiet and centered after this exercise. So many people allow their minds to
be filled with mental chatter. All peak performers appreciate the power of
quiet, clear mind which will concentrate steadily on all important tasks.

13. Learn to meditate effectively. The mind is naturally a very noisy
machine which wants to move from one subject to another like an unchained
monkey. One must learn to restrain and discipline it if one is to achieve
anything of substance and to be peaceful. Meditation for twenty minutes in
the morning and twenty minutes in the evening will certainly provide you
with exceptional results if regularly practiced for six months. Learned
sages of the East have been advancing the many benefits of meditation for
over 5000 years.

14. Learn to be still. The average person doesn't spend even 30 minutes a
month in total silence and tranquility. Develop the skill of sitting
quietly, enjoying the powerful silence for at least ten minutes a day.
Simply think about what is important to you in your life.

o Here is a list of books that is good to know abt life.

Stephen R Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R Covey First Things First ( on time management)
M. Scott Peck The road less travelled.
Harold Kushner When bad things happen to good people.
Swami Sathyananda Sarswati of Bihar School of Yoga on Asana
Swami Sukhabodhananda Oh Life Relax Please
Swami Sukhabodhananda Oh Mind Relax Please
Zig Zilar See you at the Top.
Dr. Francis Xavier Powerful Techniques to Manage Stress.
Spencer Johnson Who Moved my Cheese.
Wayne Dyer Wisdom of the Ages and other books by him
Deepak Chopra 7 Sriritual laws of success and other books by him.
Anthony D" Mello Song of the Bird, Prayer of the Frog.
Victor Fra nkl Mans Search for Meaning.
John Gray Men are from Mars Women are from Venus.
Nagarathna and Nagendra Yoga for Back Pain
Naman My book of prayers.

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