Spend Time In Groups

Stress Relief Tool – Spend Time In Groups

People with multiple group memberships cope better when faced with stressful situations.

Have you ever noticed how we tend to isolate ourselves when we are stressed out? Belonging to groups, such as networks of friends, family, clubs, and sport teams improves mental health because they provide support, help you to feel good about yourself, and keep you active. Interestingly, people with multiple group memberships cope better when faced with stressful situations and are even more likely to stay healthy when exposed to the cold virus.1 An unlikely cure for the common cold!

If your professional life is causing you the most stress, consider reaching out and joining a professional association related to your line of work. You can attend meetings and interact with others coping with the same workplace demands and potentially form smaller “Mastermind” groups with others looking for ongoing support and collaboration.

On a personal level, one of the best ways to find new friends and groups of like-minded individuals is meetup.com. There are groups for almost anything you can think of. A simple keyword search on this site for something that interests will list all the relevant groups nearest to where you live. You can join multiple groups and see which ones you like best. And if you don’t find a group specific to your interest, consider starting a group yourself so that you can attract other folks with similar interests to you.

 

  1. Science Daily – Membership in Many Groups Leads to Quick Recovery from Physical Challenges

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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