I believe "Stress Management" is a vital element in our everyday life to help us all
cope with the many responsibilities (that cause stress) many of us have. I have read
and heard many ways of coping with stress and managing it. I came up with eight
useful ways to over come stress.
1. Learn to Relax. Throughout a stressful day I tend to take a few minutes to myself and just unwind. I take "minibreaks." I sit-down and get comfortable, slowly take a deep breathe in, hold it, and then exhale very slowly. At the same time, I let my shoulder muscles droop, smile, and say something positive like, "I am r-e-l-a-x-e-d."
2. Practice Acceptance. Many people get distressed over things they won't let themselves accept. Often these are things that can't be changed, like someone else's feelings or beliefs. If something unjust bothers me, that is different.
If I act in a responsible way, the chances are I will manage stress effectively.
3. Talk Rationally to Myself. I tend to watch out for perfectionism. Instead, I try to set realistic and attainable goals. It's good to remember that everyone makes errors. Being careful of procrastination - breaking tasks into smaller units will help and prioritizing will help get things done.
4. Exercise. Physical activity has always provided relief from stress. In the past, daily work was largely physical. Now that physical exertion is no longer a requirement for earning a living, we don't get rid of stress so easily while working. It accumulates very quickly. We need to develop a regular exercise program to help reduce the effects of working. It accumulates very quickly. We need to develop a regular exercise program to help reduce the effects of stress before it becomes distress. I usually exercise...