SEVEN Instant Stress Busters:
1. The Bart Simpson Maneuver
See your situation as your favorite sitcom or cartoon
character would handle it.
Use humor to turn a negative into a positive.
3. Flow changers
If you're given lemons make lemonade.
4. Internal humor
Treat them like they just left a mental institution.
Lots of understanding.
5. Take a humor break
Go listen to a funny tape or read something that makes
6. Joke hotline
Form a group you can call when you're stressed out to
hear a quick joke and pick your spirits up.
7. Don't tighten up, lighten up!
Look for the funny side of life.
Laugh at yourself.
For good health, laugh at least ten times a day and
five of those should be at yourself.
Realize that most events in our personal and business
lives will fall somewhere on a continuum between very
positive and very negative. Find your balance.
Do some stretching and breathing exercises every few
Being trapped behind a desk or the wheel of a car all
day can make the body stiff. Use deep breathing from
your stomach to relax you and stretching to loosen the
muscles and joints.
Keep a fun folder.
A collection of pictures, cartoons etc. that make you
smile or laugh.
Give yourself permission to do one thing imperfect
Thinking that you have to be perfect is one of the
first signs of burn out.
Make a list of things that you enjoy and do one of
them each day.
When was the last time you did something for yourself
? Do something each day that improves the quality of
Organize a humor library at work.
A place that has funny tapes, books etc. where people
can take a "humor break".
Put up a humor bulletin board.
Remember, no company business. Only appropriate humor.
Put a joke of the day on electronic mail.
If you don't have electronic mail, then pin a joke on
the mailman. (I just wanted to see if you were paying
Get the "Far Side" daily calendar on
If you can't do that, get one for your desk or any
daily reminder that brings a smile to your face.
Perform a random act of kindness every day.
A good opportunity for the "Secret Pal"
At a toll booth, pay for the person behind you.
Go ahead, make their day!
Hold the door or elevator for someone who doesn't
Or in a full elevator just face everyone and smile.
Wave to a cop directing traffic.
This is self-explanatory.
Next time you're in a stressful meeting suggest each
person tell their favorite, appropriate story.
Something that lightens up the meeting not distracts
Do the unexpected. Be spontaneous. Now!
Look for the humor no matter how stressful the
Sometimes your best stories come from your worst
Give up the misguided belief that professionalism
equals seriousness or solemnity. "Take your work
seriously and yourself lightly."
Terminal seriousness causes "hardening of the
Exercise three times a week. You'll feel great!
Smile! Laugh! Enjoy!
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