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I have recently embarked on a “need for a soul makeover” expedition due to high stress levels at work and at home. The result was early warning signs of a stroke (T.I.A) that could have had devastating consequences. I have discussed this topic with you in the GYM and will later discuss more “formal” issues with you in the LOUNGE.
Whilst having a cold drink and relaxing in the hammock, I was looking at my very first Dining Room set, now having a honorary, yet prominent, place on the back porch (“stoep” as it’s known in Afrikaans – still try to figure out who came up with this word and why?).
It is then that I realised that it to needs a “makeover”. What better way to combine the two makeovers into one. The two old souls can become one and can “renew” each other. With no effort what-so-ever…
Like any project I managed in the past and still managing, I needed nonhuman resources (equipment, materials and facilities), a defined start and end time as well as a tight budget – No problem what-so-ever.
The initiation phase was completed, now I needed to go the next level of the project and that is the planning phase. I need to define the work requirements, the quality and quantity of work, the resources needed, schedule the activities and evaluate the various risks involved. With this project the quality is not that important as my old dining room set will not move back into the house.
Well with this project, the only risk involved is that the neighbours might get annoyed with the noise of the sander. It’s a change I have to take or else I will land up back in the GYM or worse, the SICK BAY.
- Sander or sanding paper (Preferably the sander)
- Staple Gun and staplers
- Old off-cut material or an old curtain
- Sponge for the seating areas
- Cushions (new or some staged away in the linen closet)
- Old Paint Brush or sponge
- Old Coffee tin or small bucket to pour the wood sealant in
- 500 ml wood sealant for indoor and outdoor use (Ebony or colour of choice) – personally I prefer “Classic GRIPSEAL available at any leading Hardware Shop
- 500 ml Ice cold drink or more (OPTIONAL) – depending on the quantity your spouse will allow…
Now it’s time to start with the execution phase of the project:
After downing 250 ml or more of the 500 ml “cold drink” you will have enough courage and energy to start with the sanding task.
You don’t have to sand up to the bare wood but enough for the surface to be absorbent. Once the sanding phase is completed, remove all dust with a semi wet cloth and down the rest of the “cold drink” as you might need it after all the dust.
Now you can start with the painting task. Use brush or sponge to apply as per directions on the wood sealant container. At this point of time you might refill the empty glass if so required.
Allow for the sealant to dry and cut pieces of sponge (about 10 cm thick) the exact size of the seating area. The material should be cut 10 cm bigger than the sponge in order to fold it over and underneath the seating area where you will staple the material to the wood. (Do not refill your glass at this point of time as you might end-up stapling your fingers to the chair instead of the material)
Now place the sponge on the seating area, cover it with the material of your choice and staple the material on the bottom of the seating area with the staple gun. Do not pull the material to tight as it might rip out over time. Try to do this before you go to the gym as you might waste scares and valuable “resources”.
The result is of three fold – you have replaced your focus and energy, you have used both sides of your brain and you feel good about the end results. Now you can invite the annoyed neighbours for dinner. Preferably the day after.
A job well done!!!! Now you can move on to the next project with absolute confidence and a chip on your shoulder.
BRAVO – Mission complete…
- Points to Ponder in Purchasing Dining Room Furniture (furnituredealblog.wordpress.com)
- Dining Room Decorating (celiabedilia.com)
- Dining Room Lighting Options (iwanzzzz.wordpress.com)
Stress is part and parcel of our daily lives and it is how we manage it that will distinguish us from the rest and help us to reduce stress.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels, helping you burn off pent-up energy and tension. It also improves overall health.
- Eat and sleep well. Good nutrition and 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night can help your body recover from past stress and be better prepared to deal with new stress. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants that might promote stress and sleeplessness. Avoid alcohol, which might deepen any depression you may be feeling.
- Meditate. Spend at least 15 to 20 minutes a day in quiet contemplation. Depending on your preference, you might like to devote the time to meditation or prayer, or practicing yoga or tai chi if you want more of a physical component. Breathe deeply and clear your mind.
- Solve the cause of your stress. Dealing with the problems that cause tension can relieve you of that stress. Inaction just allows it to build. If your neighbor’s dog barks constantly, talk with him about it. Talk to your boss to figure out solutions for problems at work. Ask for help if you can’t meet all the demands placed on you.
- Avoid stressful situations. Recent research suggests that men’s stress levels soar 60 percent in traffic jams — seven times higher than women’s. If possible, time your driving to avoid rush hour. Shop when you know the store won’t be packed with people. And cut down on the time you spend with people who get on your nerves.
- Accept things you can’t change. There are going to be things in your life that you can’t control, no matter how hard you try. For example, there’s no use allowing snow or rain to bother you — how would you go about changing the weather? Instead, look for ways to enjoy uncontrollable circumstances. Play in the snow like you did when you were a kid; spend a rainy day reading, another stress reliever.
- Don’t take on more than you can handle. We often create our own stress by over-scheduling ourselves and failing to say no when too much is asked of us, whether it’s the boss, spouse, or friend making the request. Don’t overpromise, and give yourself time to finish the things you do agree to tackle.
- Try a “glass half full” attitude. Always looking on the sunny side sounds cliché, but it can make a world of difference. Having a negative outlook can turn even the most minor annoyances into huge problems in your mind.
- Tackle first things first. Become a master at triage — that’s determining the most important of the tasks you’re trying to handle and methodically completing those first, then moving on to less critical jobs. Resist trying to do multiple projects at once.
- Savor your victories. When you accomplish a personal goal or finish a major project, do something nice for yourself. It can be as simple as getting a massage or as extravagant as taking a weekend getaway. Celebrate your achievement before you jump into the next project.
Your outlook is such an important factor in how your body deals with stress. Following these 10 steps will help you put stress in perspective and start enjoying your life again.
I have discovered another way to reduce stress. Not only did it help me to reduce my stress levels, but it also help me to feel good about myself…