Dirty Dozen: Stress

Find healthy stress-reducing activities


Adult participants listed the following as methods to lower the level of stress in their lives.

  • job satisfaction or completing projects at work
  • time with spouse
  • socializing with coworkers
  • socializing with friends
  • time with family and children
  • reading and non-meal cooking rated identically
  • exercising
  • watching TV
  • shopping
  • traveling
  • time with pets
  • hobbies
  • being pampered with a massage, manicure, etc.
  • attending church
  • charity work and nonprofit volunteering
  • the net

Interestingly, less than 1 percent felt lawn work or gardening was a stress reliever,
Non-meal cookingrelates to fancy dishes or unique desserts not required to sustain a family’s daily nutritional needs.

**Student participants: The student component consisted of 29.6 percent technical students, 27.8 percent junior college/community college students, and 42 .6 percent traditional college students.
 
Students contributed the following as methods to lower the level of stress.

  • hanging out with friends***
  • partying
  • watching TV
  • the net
  • sports and competitions
  • traveling
  • shopping as the greatest stress reliever

***This includes going to bars, movies, concerts, small group socializing, and going out to eat. While many chose more than one stress reliever, as a total less than 9 percent of the student group felt reading was a stress reliever.

In the adult work force more than 21.3 percent felt reading was a form of stress relief. Perhaps reading is more relaxing because most adults are not required to read volumes of books like students during their studies.

Stress relievers
As an AMT professional everyday can be a stressful event. With diminishing returns, long hours, and less staff the pressure is on you to perform and perform perfectly every second. You can do it but you do need those escapes when work is done.

One AMT professional Chris McDermott enjoyed playing “Paul Bunyan” by cutting down trees on his days off. He used his saws to create a better world. The action served a threefold purpose.

  • Offers a different type of exercise than daily repairs of aircraft.
  • Creates firewood for esthetic events as well as an energy source.
  • Cleared brush and land for future and better tree growth.

Self-directed stress reduction may arrive in many forms. Take a relaxation course or class in the study of Reiki, yoga, self-hypnosis, meditation, and other relaxation techniques.

If you have trouble sleeping one self-remedy technique often mentioned is to relax the tongue. This process requires not allowing the tongue to touch the roof of your mouth or bottom of your mouth.

Another relaxation technique is self-hypnosis. In self-hypnosis, the individual tells each part of the body to relax from toes to feet to ankle, etc. The technique has some strong advocates but every individual should analyze if the technique works for their lifestyle.
If you have a technique which works well, let us know at AMT.

Massage therapy is another method of reducing stress and high blood pressure or (hypertension) in many individuals. Career Training Academy is the first accredited school for massage therapy in Pennsylvania with three separate campuses which offer student clinics and highly discounted prices on massage.

Stress reduction courses and seminars are provided by numerous organizations including community colleges, book stores, and seminars companies.

Craig J. “Buzz” Conroy is a speaker and researcher who informs and entertains aviation professionals and business audiences with unique and enlightening programs. He has a master’s degree in Aviation Leadership from MSU. He serves as resident expert for two national news networks on aviation and business related topics. To contact Conroy, email aviation@journalist.com or call (724) 443-6876 or (800) 344-1492.

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