What can you do to manage stress?
One way to deal with stress is to avoid the event or thing that leads to you feeling stress. Often this is not possible.
A second way to manage stress is to change how you react to stress. This is the best way!
It is important to notice when your stress levels are rising. Many times we don’t realise how stressed we are until it interferes with our daily lives – we become sick, we panic, relationships suffer, we binge on food, we “freeze” instead of taking action...
It is difficult to get off the stress treadmill once it is in full swing!
Remember, often your anxiety about a potentially stressful situation happens more in your imagination than in reality...
I think it was Mark Twain who said,
“I have lived through many disasters, and few of them actually happened”...
Can you relate to that?
Reduce your stress with these two simple steps:
1. Recognise early signs of stress
I highly recommend keeping a simple stress journal or diary to begin with. Click here for more information and my free sample...
Watch for these signs:
Be gentle with yourself!! Don’t make being a “stress detective” into a stressful experience... It might take a few times before you become aware of your own stress signals.
It is a good idea to observe other people. Sometimes it is easier to see others become stressed than it is to see the same thing in ourselves. But this will give you an insight into stress patterns.
2. Stop the Stress Cycle
The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feels familiar – even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll...
So interrupt the “stress treadmill”!!
Once you realise that you are becoming stressed, deactivate the alarms and stop the chemicals from flooding your body.
There are a number of ways to prevent your stress levels from rising. You must find which works best for you...
I think there is great wisdom in the “old sayings” – “Count to ten,” for example! Or, “Take a deep breath!”...
Whatever it takes to defuse the moment and bring you to a state of control and awareness so that YOU decide how you are going to act.
You can start with these suggestions
To manage stress effectively is much easier said than done!
But, like any skill that we want to develop, it gets better with practice! And it really is worth the effort...
Rather know how to recognize when you are stressed and thenstop the stress cycle, than to have to deal with the long-term effects of stress on your health.
It is extremely helpful to have a relaxation programme so that you are able to manage stress in the long-term ... Well, that is what this site is all about - My favourite DIY Stress Relief Techniques!
So take your time and have a good look!
Decide what appeals to you and have FUN practicing your favourite techniques.
And then teach a friend how to manage stress!
Tips On How To Manage Stress
* For more useful information on stress and how to manage stress, click on stress symptoms.
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