- Remember that it's just not that important. And even if it is, stressing about it is more likely to hurt than help. Just work slow and steady, doing the best you reasonably can.
- Remember that all you can control is your effort, not the outcome of that effort. Once you've done your part, let it go. Even if it doesn't work out, unless you have stage 5 cancer, you can survive. (And even if you have stage 5 cancer, soon you'll be at peace, just as though you were sleeping soundly.)
- Listen to soft instrumental music while working. If that's not permitted (even with headphones), on the way to work, listen, again and again, to the easiest-to-hum relaxing, short piece of music. It will become an "ear worm," rolling around in your brain, meditatively, as you work.
- As soon as you start feeling stressed, get up, stretch, and take three deep breaths.
- Take a five-minute walk, ideally in nature, but down the hall will do.
- Help someone.
Monday, September 8, 2008
My clients and I find these helpful: