10 Ways to Manage Stress

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10 Ways to Manage Stress

  1. 1. ways to manage stress<br />What's the most effective route to managing stress? <br />Take charge of your life and reduce your level of stress <br />
  2. 2. ways to manage stress<br />Develop good coping strategies to use when you feel stressed <br />Practice using them when you're feeling calm so you can call on them when your stress level rises. <br />
  3. 3. ways to manage stress<br />Learn relaxation techniques, practice meditation, and engage in a pleasurable physical activity. <br />These methods all help to counter the stress response in the body. <br />If you can't learn them on your own, sign up for a course on relaxation techniques<br />
  4. 4. ways to manage stress<br />If your coping mechanisms are drinking, smoking, or overeating when stressed<br />Commit to breaking those habits, and get help if necessary. <br />
  5. 5. ways to manage stress<br />Be the "serenity prayer" and decide what you can and cannot change<br />Take actions to change the things you can. <br />Try to sidetrack any stress you feel about things you have no control over. <br />
  6. 6. ways to manage stress<br />If you are worrying about a particular issue or problem, develop a plan of action to deal with it. <br />If someone can help guide you or give you input, seek out their assistance. <br />
  7. 7. ways to manage stress<br />It may sound silly, but write down your plan<br />Make a contract with yourself about what actions you will or won't take <br />Hold yourself accoutable to it! <br />
  8. 8. ways to manage stress<br />Practice having a positive attitude. <br />Attitude matters — you can view the glass as half full or half empty<br />Thinking positively makes a tremendous difference. <br />
  9. 9. ways to manage stress<br />Practice gratitude <br />It will focus your attention on the positive things in your life <br />Gratitude help you see opportunities and solutions. <br />
  10. 10. ways to manage stress<br />Work on developing a resilient personality. Resilience is characterized by five traits: <br />Insight — know yourself and accept the truth. <br />Adaptability — respond in creative and imaginative ways. <br />Responsibility — don't bother with blaming others or wait for someone else to fix your problem. <br />Commitment — engage with the reality of life and commit to personal growth. <br />Connection — communicate with openness and clarity.<br />
  11. 11. ways to manage stress<br />Keep a journal and write down your concerns and worries<br />Leave them there, especially before you go to bed at night. <br />Journaling reduces stress levels and helps life into right perspective. <br />
  12. 12. ways to manage stress<br />Have more fun<br />Develop your sense of humor<br />Seek out pleasurable activities and events, and watch more comedy. <br />Laughter is good medicine. <br />
  13. 13. ways to manage stress<br />Carve out personal time every day<br />Indulge yourself with things that bring you pleasure: <br />Hot bath<br />Dark chocolate<br />Good book<br />Music<br />Chat with a friend <br />
  14. 14. ways to manage stress<br />Establish a strong support system among family and friends <br />Seek them out when you need emotional support or guidance about problem solving.<br />
  15. 15. ways to manage stress<br />If you are overwhelmed with stress and feel you can't see a way out, or you're struggling with chronic anxiety or depression<br />Think about seeking help from a professional, if you haven't done so already<br />

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