on Stress: Part 2
of Managing Stress
good news is that there are several approaches to managing stress! Since our perception
of what is stressful is highly individual, we must first learn to identify our
particular responses to stressors (e.g. headaches, upset stomachs, anxiety, sleep
disturbances, irritability, etc.) and the situations that trigger these responses
(e.g. family fight, overwork, financial problems, etc.).
we need to choose strategies that help us manage our stress effectively. In the
short term, taking a break is helpful (reading, music, a good movie or TV program,
a hobby, etc.). On a longer-term basis, we can work toward feeling more in control
by realistically appraising the threat and our resources, and seeking more resources
and help as needed. When we are calm, we need to address the person or situation
causing the stress and negotiate a reasonable solution.
healthy lifestyle also improves stress management (exercise, good nutrition, relaxation
strategies, meditation, massage, etc.). Finally, increasing and using our social
and spiritual support networks (e.g. time with friends & family, talking with
someone you trust, prayer, etc.) are very important methods of managing stress.
Give yourself a break.
Eat a healthy diet.
it out with a friend.
Spend time with family and friends.
a course for learning or fun.
with a good book, music
walk, jog, swim, dance
Schedule your time.
Find other sources of satisfaction.
Increase your awareness of what causes your stress.
to change the situation.