20 Stress Reducers

  1. Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed.
  2. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down when to do tasks at work and home that need to get done.
  3. Plan ahead. Don’t leave things to the last minute. Keep a well-stocked “emergency shelf” of supplies at home and at work and don’t let the gas tank get below ¼ full.
  4. Don’t put up with things that are not working right. If something is a constant aggravation, deal with it!
  5. Go make friends with non-worriers.
  6. Take 30 minutes of brisk walking everyday.
  7. Forget about counting to 10. Count to 1,000 before doing or saying something that may make matters worse.
  8. Take the scissors to your credit cards.
  9. Think of your next embarrassing situation as an episode on “Funniest Home Videos”.
  10. Everyday, make time for some solitude.
  11. Allow ample time between appointments so you don’t have to rush, worry and apologize for being late.
  12. Talk it out. Discussing your problems with a trusted friend can help clear your mind of confusion.
  13. Instead of doing something tomorrow, do it today; instead of doing it today; do it now. Hard work is simply the accumulation of easy things you didn’t do when you should have done them.
  14. Relax your standards. The world will not end if chores are not done this weekend.
  15. Add an ounce of love to everything you do.
  16. Say, No Thanks to extra projects you don’t have time or energy for or ask for help.
  17. Donate extra stuff to charity.
  18. Do nothing, which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  19. Carry a duplicate car key in your wallet.
  20. Be tender to the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant with the weak. In you life, you will be all of these.

Sally Stanleigh

Sally Stanleigh is a senior partner in Business Improvement Architects and the Chief Operating Officer. Sally manages the operation and develops and implements communications, marketing and promotion programs. She is also responsible for spearheading and managing the company's corporate research projects. Sally has a background in marketing and communications and previously worked as a senior product manager with multi-national corporations such as Colgate-Palmolive and Phillip Morris before founding Business Improvement Architects with her husband and partner, Michael Stanleigh.

On occasion, Sally is asked by clients for help with business planning. She facilitates the planning process as a consultant and helps clients with the development of their marketing plans and programs. She has also presented to professional groups on such topics as: customer feedback systems, employee motivation, development of incentive programs and trends.

You may contact her at sstanleigh@bia.ca.