We found this advice in Rodale Publishing:
- If it's work that's dragging your down, change your schedule. When most people get to work, they check their email and voice mail. But the experts say that's a big mistake. Spend your first hour on creative and challenging projects because that's when your mind is the sharpest. Also, break down your day into specific tasks, rather than trying to juggle everything. Studies show that a 50 minute task takes four times as long if you try to do too many things at once. So map out your day with ample time to do everything one task at a time.
- Another sanity saver is the "Anti-stress Diet"-- When you're stressed, your insides produce more chemical reactions--That can leave you feeling moody and burnt out--So here's how to regulate your stress with food: For breakfast, avoid sugary cereals--Instead eat a whole grain cereal and a piece of fruit. Then pop a magnesium supplement. Magnesium gets flushed out of your body when you're stressed. For a snack, crunch on carrot sticks or celery to help release tension in your jaw which can cause headaches. And before bed, try a carb-heavy snack like toast and jam. That'll release the hormone serotonin, which makes you feel happy and relaxed so you can sleep more easily.
- And one last stress buster and sanity-saver: Get the power back in your life by steering clear of the words 'always' and 'never'--One of the biggest traps in life is over-generalizing-- 'First dates never work out'--'She's always late'--'He never understands.' If you use those words, subconsciously you feel you don't have any control over things. It's a very negative way of thinking.
You can stress proof your day by eating whole grains and fruit for breakfast, planning out your day and tackling challenging projects first before your email, and by avoiding the words 'always' and 'never'. Consider your sanity saved.