By Cherie Roeth
Hi There…I am Cherie from Bradford Public Library! I know that all of you are busy, busy, busy and getting ready for Summer Reading programs is just one more “weight” on your shoulders! Instead of giving you lots of research about Stress Management, I just want to hit the highlights! Pick and choose what will work for you so that the next few months will not
“fizzle your brain” or create a “booming situation” in your own library!
I came across this article created by Edmond Otis for the Infohio Project (infopeople.org).
The bibliographic information is at the bottom of this blog!! Here goes!
The “Bakers Dozen” – How to Reduce Stress
Many stresses can be changed, eliminated or minimized. Here are some things you can do to reduce your level of stress:
(Note: I have tried many of these over the years and they really work for me! Cherie)
1. Become aware of your own reactions to stress.*
2. Reinforce positive self-statements.*
3. Focus on your good qualities and accomplishments.*
4. Avoid unnecessary competition.
5. Develop assertive behaviors.*
6. Recognize and accept your limits. Remember that everyone is unique and different.*
7. Get a hobby or two. Try to Relax and have fun.*
8. Exercise regularly.
9. Eat a balanced diet daily.*
10. Talk with friends or someone you can trust about your worries/problems.
11. Set priorities and learn to use your time wisely:*
• Evaluate how you are budgeting your time.
• Plan ahead and avoid procrastination.
• Make a daily/weekly schedule and try to follow it.
12. Set realistic goals*
13. Practice relaxation techniques. For example, whenever you feel tense, slowly breathe in and out for several minutes.*
Cherie’s Afterthoughts! The Baker’s Dozen that have an (*) are the ones that have been successful for me!
• Don’t try them all at once.
• Pick one or two to begin with.
• Give them ample time so that you see some personal success (Perhaps 2-4 weeks)
• What you find to be successful stress reduction techniques will soon become a part of your daily life in the “long run!”
• Remember to also find the “gifts and talents in others” so that you will be able to delegate some of your “stressors” to others!!
1 Otis, Edmond. “The “Bakers Dozen” – How to Reduce Stress.” Created in support of the Infopeople Project (infopeople.org) and supported by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services. Summer 2007-Winter 2008. (Found on the following website on 3-31-14: http://www.librarianbyday.net 2009/02/13)