Stress will always be part of your life. Bills will keep coming, work and family responsibilities become demanding, and there is never enough hours in a day to do what you have to do. Studies show that stress has countless harmful effects on the physical and mental well-being of a person. But the good news is, you have more control over stress than you can think of. You can always manage your stress.
Stress management is about taking control of yourself, lifestyle, emotions, thoughts and the way you handle problems. Different people have different ways of responding to stress. There is no standard solution in managing stress. Stress management will help you find ways to lessen the harmful effects of stress and prevents it from blowing out of control.
Strategies in Stress Management
- Recognizing the real sources of stress in your life. Create a journal of your everyday stress to discover patterns and common themes. In recognizing the sources of stress you also have to look into your feelings, how you respond and what did you do to make yourself feel better. You also need to assess your habits, attitudes and excuses involved in those sources of stress in your life. Accepting responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining your stress is very important in controlling it.
- The next step is to find ways to manage and control your stress. Analyse whether your coping strategies are helpful or unproductive. Some people make the stressful situation worse with their coping strategies. Some drink to forget the stress. But when they become sober, the situation remains the same. It is healthier and more productive to use coping strategies that will change the stressful situation.
- Doing some physical activity reduces and prevents the effects of stress. You can take a long walk when you are angry. Doing some exercise will help your change your mood and make you feel better. It will be a good distraction to your everyday worries and problems.
- Be socially active. Go out and have fun with friends or family. Talk to someone who is close to you. Social engagement is the most efficient way to take control of stress and avoid overacting to the stressful situation.
- Change the stressful situation. Learn to communicate your feelings so you can be better understood. Be willing to change paradigms in order to compromise. Manage your time to avoid deadlines that cause stress.