Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stress management tip from a guest blogger -- my dad!

Last night my dad emailed me to say he has been reading my blog and wanted to offer a stress management tip.... so here it is:

The following has helped me through stress and problems at work and in life in general. When faced with a problem instead of worrying about the entire problem I divide (either mentally or on paper) it into two parts.

One part consists of everything in that issue that I can change and the other part is the part I cannot control. Then when I am sure I have the list complete I throw away all the issues that I CANNOT change and only concentrate on what I can change. Why waste time, energy and worry on something you can not change?

This has saved me a lot of unnecessary worry and stress and has allowed me to sleep at night. I learned this from a "stress management course for supervisors" and believe me it works.

Thanks Dad! Good luck with the work, all!

photo by HLS


  1. Great tip - this is why dads are so handy to have around! ~Melanie

  2. I like your dad's idea.

    It reminds me of a prayer I used to say every night before going to sleep:

    "God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

    I would continue to say it nightly, except that I'm a polytheist now and I'm not sure who to address this particular prayer to. lol So I guess that's one downside to polytheism.

    But maybe the prayer will help someone else. :)

  3. Hi Harriet's Dad-

    Great advice. I believe taking the time to write things down can help broaden your visualization. One may realize that they can change more than they originally thought possible.


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