Beating stress

Listen to Emily talking about the importance of managing her stress levels and the techniques she uses.

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Transcript

I want to talk about beating stress today. You know, life here in Hong Kong is very stressful so I think today's topic is very useful for everyone because we can do something about it, just to cope with the stress. So maybe you have some change(s) in your life, maybe big change and small change, but instead of being afraid, I think you should have a positive attitude and think of change as a normal part of life. 

And I think maybe here in Hong Kong, the family (families) are crowded into a very small housing space, so maybe you would sometimes argue with your family and I think try (trying) to resolve the disagreement with people is very important because then you can build strong relationships and keep commitments you have made. For example, sometimes maybe you are feeling alone and you want to make some comfort and I think you can ask the people you trust for help is very important because if you have a bunch of friends, they can listen to you, then you can release some stress through talking to them. 

And do you know that actually I find a very funny thing that if you want to reduce some stress, you can reduce this by the word S-T-R-E-S-S, that's 'stress'. How about, let's begin with the 'S'. Well, I think 'S' is that you can have the 'scheduling', for example you don't have to (shouldn't) schedule too many things in your day and if you feel you are too busy, you can cut out an activity or two. 

And how about the 'T' word? The 'T' word is 'treat your body well', because experts say that exercise can reduce stress and also if you eat healthy food, then your brain and your body get the nourishment they need. 

And the word is 'R' … the next word is 'R' – 'R' is very important, it says 'relax'. You can do an activity you enjoy or that relaxes you, maybe you can read a good book or learn a new hobby and spend time with your pet or even you can visiting (visit) a spa and that could make a very good difference. And for me, I like to play piano when I feel stressed and sometimes I may just watch some movie (movies) that make me laughs (laugh) a lot. 

And the next word is 'E' – 'E' is about expectations, and I think be (being) realistic about yourself is to (be) true to yourself and others. So you can just do your best and don't try to be perfect and don't expect others to be too … because that will release and reduce a lot of stress for you and the people around you. 

And the next word is 'S' – 'S' is, stands for 'sleep' and I really, really love to sleep, to be honest. That's my hobby, I think, because sleep … if you get a good night's sleep, then it will keep your mind and your body in shape. And experts say if you sleep more than seven hours, you will actually get tired, so don't sleep too much in the day, just sleep it when you feel enough. 

And the last word is 'S' again. I always do this action, the 'S' word is 'smile' – if you smile and have confidence, your attitude and your thoughts influence the way you see things. And if you are a negative person, you can actually learn to think in a more positive way because that makes you feel more comfortable when you are coping with the stress. Finally I think we should take action and applies (apply) these tips to your life (our lives), so everyone can beat stress.

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Submitted by biboca on Mon, 29/08/2022 - 15:51

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It's an important topic in my life, being myself a very autocratic person. In a long-term, I've been trying to value more the attention and time spent with activities others than related with professional life.
It helps me not to pressure myself that much and to not feel guilty about doing other things.
I also agree with de scheduling advice. :)

Submitted by meknini on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 05:03

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I am an introvert thus being surrounded by talkative colleagues at workplace could be quite energy draining and most times stressful if small chats turn into hurtful gossips. So, to unwind, I would just switch my mind off work and empty my mind of everything that happened earlier. The thing that works for me is doing something totally opposite of what I do at work. Usually, I would entertain myself by just doing nothing! This is best for me as I am at my best when I am alone which is the most appropriate time for me to figure out what is going on. A few good verbal reinforcements help too to calm me down and put me in the right mindset before returning to work the next day.

Submitted by Viktoriia Besedina on Mon, 13/06/2022 - 08:04

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I listen music, watch films, do exercises to reduce the stress. I also like to sleep. I believe that walking can help to cope with stress, it's true and it helps me, but when I am under the stress I don't want to walk, and for me it's blessing if if I have things to do outside the home.

Submitted by alsuuuuu on Mon, 25/04/2022 - 12:32

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First, i try not to think in stress, i always say: stress is a decision. Sure, you have problems, they are real, but you decide if they affect you. sometimes i have a lot of work to do and time is not enough, then i get up from the chair and a prepare a cup of colombian coffee, for me it resolves all my problems.

Submitted by Moussa GUEMDANI on Mon, 11/04/2022 - 05:57

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To beat stress, I usually practice sports, like running or playing volleyball. Sometimes I watch movies or series. I rarely go to sleep when I fell stressed out.

Submitted by delgado1984 on Mon, 10/01/2022 - 22:51

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I do not think stress is a natural part of our lives, at all. The world is a beautiful place to live, especially if you were born in a place where you don't have to deal with misery every day. We should say thank you for that. So, in my opinion, stress is a mere creation of capitalism. As a result of this illusional sensation and the disorder we feel, we are easily controlled and drained of our motivations.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Sat, 08/01/2022 - 23:04

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When I`m in stress, I`m so nervous, crying and eat a lot of sweet candies :/ and I go to the shop to spend money, after that again I`m in stress because that is stressful for my wallet... I should be more calm and don`t worry about many things, its not good for my health.

Submitted by danny0509 on Sat, 27/11/2021 - 12:47

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First, i try not to think in stress, i always say: stress is a decision. Sure, you have problems, they are real, but you decide if they affect you. sometimes i have a lot of work to do and time is not enough, then i get up from the chair and a prepare a cup of colombian coffee, for me it resolves all my problems.

Submitted by Su Wadi Kyaw on Tue, 02/11/2021 - 04:47

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When I have stress, I always do something relaxing like watching my favorite movies or playing games. I do everything that make me relax.

Submitted by Lan Vo on Fri, 22/10/2021 - 08:23

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when you have a stress, i think you should spent many time for yourself to think the reason what make you stress. Then, set up the schedule for activities in the day. Step by step, you'll control your emotions and change your thinking, you have to encourage yourself and think positively, share your problems with your friends, family, it'll help you comfort.