Stress occurs when an individual has pushed his physical self beyond what is the norm, or when emotionally he or she is overwhelmed by a challenging situation. Stress is a trigger for anxiety and depression. It is important and always worthwhile to explore different ways to reduce and cope with stress. All health professionals are engaged in promoting stress management as an important tool for mental wellness.
Stress is inevitable in our daily lives
We are constantly making choices that will either stress proof our day or leave us utterly “stressed out”. Whether it is a death or illness in our circle of family, friends, or co-workers, it can be very unsettling and disruptive.
Another inevitable experience that many of us will experience is separation, divorce and reconciliation. Learning to be more accepting and less judgmental can soften the heartache.
Change in financial circumstance is another common stressor. Collectively and individually, we have been affected by the financial recession. As the macroeconomic climate improves, we are learning to be more fiscally responsible in our own financial affairs.
Managing your stress levels is really about taking full control of your thoughts, feelings, words, actions, and reactions.
- Taking responsibility for your particular situation is a great step to take. Do not blame others.
- Take a stock of all the different types and sources of stress that you are dealing with at this time. Make a list in order of severity. Know that you are able to turn this around and may need the professional services of a life coach or therapist.
- Engage in physical activity that you enjoy and can maintain. Walking, cycling, hiking, swimming, yoga, and tai chi are all beneficial for mental and physical health.
- Practice being in the moment focus exclusively on one task at a time. Your output will be much better and with fewer errors. Multitasking is so cliché but unfortunately has no place when focus, accuracy and creativity are required. Try the walking meditation which focuses on turning the attention inward.
- Learn how to handle conflicts. Improve communication skills. Express clearly your needs, points of views, and set your boundaries.
- Live in balance and learn to adapt. This is a true test of doing everything in moderation and at the same time being adaptable and adventurous to embrace new experiences.
- Do not put off for tomorrow what can be accomplished today. Spend 10 minutes each morning planning and prioritizing chores and tasks for the day.
- Prioritize your health needs. Keep appointments with your doctor. Do not delay to check out symptoms that cause you worry and discomfort.
- Spend quality time with family. This is an investment that pays off later in life.
Make a choice to be happy, optimistic, and positive as others with like-mind will be drawn to you while there are those who will be uplifted when they are in your presence.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
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