Stressed Out? Go Zen for Relief!

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Are you “stressed out?” 

So many of us are so busy with our work and personal lives, stopping to think how to keep everything in balance doesn’t make the list of “things to do.”  Marci Alboher’s  Shifting Careers column in the New York Times recently recounted a session with Jennifer Edwards, whom she describes as “a ‘stress reduction educator’ with a background in dance, meditation and yoga.”  

Ms. Edwards encouraged the group to focus not on the actual stress point itself (the complaining co-worker, the high price of gas), but instead on “the stories we tell ourselves about these things and the way we respond to them that causes the stress.” 

Some of you may be familiar with the Buddhist state of nonattachment.  This involves avoiding judgements and expectations in your daily interactions.  We can’t control the stressors, but we can control our REACTION to the stress.  Yes, it is possible not to get your blood pressure up every time someone cuts you off on the highway or a co-worker shirks a responsibility.  (Maybe it takes some practice, though!)

Alboher mentions the physical techniques she learned in her workshop, such as “pausing during long stretches at our computers and applying some pressure to a point near the elbow (that)…helps reduce strain caused by repetitive movements like typing on a keyboard.”

After a long day myself, a new pressure point seems just the trick!  Does it work for you?

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2 Responses to “Stressed Out? Go Zen for Relief!”

  1. 1 Kate Hutchinson May 2, 2008 at 10:19 am

    This is definitely a good tactic: controlling your response. I find that if I step back from a frustrating situation and remind myself that being upset doesn’t fix anything, it’s a lot easier to move ahead with a solution to the problem.

  2. 2 keppie May 2, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Kate – I agree. In general, realizing what we can and cannot control at work and in life is helpful. If we can control ourselves, we are 95% there!

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