In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with
our ears and our hearts and to be assured that
our questions are just as important
as our answers.
The impact of stress
Stress management is an important step for you to take once you have determined that you are facing stressful situations in your life. There are certain types of stress that are helpful for our survival. And that occasional burst of energy that you get that turns into something positive and productive is good in small doses. But it is not a great idea for you to be in a stressful environment for extended periods of time because it takes a toll on your body. Long term stress can produce negative impacts on your health and is a scientifically recognized factor in the deterioration of general health as well as in some specific diseases.
Stress can also decrease your capacity to function and perform well, either at school or in your workplace. Therefore, stress, especially if it is continuous or recurrent, is not something to be dismissed without further investigation. Aside from the personal impact you can experience from stress, it also affects how you deal with the environment and with the people in your life.
Benefits of Stress Management
If you cannot fully understand the importance of stress management, then try thinking about the issue in reverse. Picture yourself not suffering from the negative impacts of stress. Without the negative results of stress in your life, then you should be able to enjoy a more satisfying and stress-free life. Briefly,
1. It will improve your overall health status.
2. You will be able to assume a more positive attitude and outlook in and for your life.
3. It increases your productivity since you are able to focus clearly on your tasks, rather than what’s wrong.
4. You can more easily control your emotions and how you respond to stress and to anything else.
Know Your Stress Level
When it comes to stress management, simply determining the source of your stress is often not enough. For some who are often stressed, keeping a stress journal can be a highly effective way to monitor the different levels of stress you are experiencing and what effects are being produced by it. This is also a great way for you to closely study yourself, your levels of stress, your triggers, and to learn to pinpoint exactly what you can do to relieve yourself from it.
Now that you are aware of the effects of stress on your life and health, getting started on a stress management method is the next logical and do-able step. You know that Maya Angelou quote, “When we know better, we do better.” So let’s talk about doing better.
Learning how to manage your stress will help you regain some sense of control over what’s happening in and to your life, rather than merely waiting to be consumed by the amount of stress you have to deal with. With your journal and pen in hand, you need to:
• Determine what causes you the most stress in your life.
• Think of easy ways that you can reduce that specific stress.
• Begin to figure out which stress management techniques will work best for you in relieving some of the stress.
Stress Management 101
One of the things that you need to keep in mind is that you cannot expect to totally eliminate of all of the stress in your life. That’s would be an unrealistic expectation. Life happens. But finding ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life should be one of the early processes in your goal-setting journey. Here are a few ideas that can help you establish a stress management method that will work well for you.
• Time management. Work to improve your time management skills. Much of the stress in life is probably a result of your inability to squeeze all of your plans into the time you have available. So, creating and sticking to your schedule will enable you to achieve more in less time. When creating your schedule, put the most important items on top of your list. Do those first.
• Know your triggers. Study the way you react to stress. This can be tough. It requires being really honest with yourself in order to determine whether your current coping mechanisms are effective or not. If not, then it is time for you to look for other means.
• Healthy body and mind. Take care of your body. This is often the most neglected aspect of everyone’s stress management. Get enough rest and eat well. Your health is the most vital factor in stress management.
• Free you mind and… Alter your mindset. Many times stress is produced only by and in your mind. So, if this is the case with you, then adopting a new perspective, a new way of looking at the situation or the world, may help reduce your stress levels.
People often make light of stress. But the truth of the matter is that stress can kill you. That is true for stress that is real, as well as those only swimming around in your imagination. Take a stand against it. Make a plan, and find ways to deal with it. Manage your stress or it will manage you!
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