STRESS we have to manage it!

How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress  

 

By: Andrea Andrea Seydel - Positive Psychology Practitioner

 

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems

 

Identify the sources of stress in your life:

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline stress. To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and excuses.

 

Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it, your stress level will remain outside your control.

 

Stress Management Strategies:

Adapt to the stressor: Reframe problems, loot at the big picture, adjust your standards, focus on the positive.

 

Avoid unnecessary stress: Learn how to say “no”, avoid people who stress you out, take control of your environment, avoid “hot” topics, scale down your to-do list.

 

Alter the situation: Express your feelings instead of bottling them up, be willing to compromise, be more assertive, manage your time better.

 

Accept the things you can’t change: Don’t try to control the uncontrollable, look for upside, share your feelings, learn to forgive.

 

Make time for fun and relaxation: Set aside relaxation time, connect with others, do something you enjoy every day, Keep your sense of humour.

 

Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, reduce caffeine and sugar, avoid alcohol and drugs, get plenty of sleep.