Stress management involves application of techniques in order to regulate level of stress, particularly chronic type, of an individual so as to improve daily function. Symptoms of stress which may need management include a significant decline in physical health as well as depression. Knowing how to cope with stress can correct this condition and provide the patient with a successful and happy life so as to keep up with the demands of the modern society. However, there are some aspects and situations in life that may be difficult to handle that is why managing stress is important to maintain overall well being as well as to control anxiety.
Know what stresses you
Start with knowing what the sources of your stress are. This can be done by observing your attitude, excuses and habits. You must also accept that you play a big role in “stressing yourself” so you can effectively control your stress level. Health practitioners can provide you with different techniques for stress management; some have been used as an effective treatment in psychotherapy while others are considered alternative therapies. There are many professional entities that can provide training about alternative or conventional therapies. Stress management is available in different models that provide distinct strategies for controlling stress.
Avoid unnecessary stress
The primary strategy for managing stress is avoiding unnecessary stress at all.
- Learn to say NO. It is important that you learn how to say no or to refuse to accept additional responsibilities either in your work place or in your personal life.
- Mingle with pleasant people. You can avoid people who give you stress or just significantly limit the amount of time you spend with that person if ignoring him or her all the time is not possible.
- Drive or travel smoothly in less congested areas. You can also take control of the environment like avoiding traffic-prone areas and instead take the longer route by which your vehicle can travel smoothly and without hassle.
- Discuss pleasant topics and avoid arguments. You must avoid or excuse yourself from being involved in confrontational or debatable topics such as when talking about religion and politics.
- Manage time wisely. You must also prioritize some tasks and manage your time in such a way that your schedule would not result in stressing you out.
Learn positive coping strategies
Other techniques for stress management vary based on philosophical paradigm.
- Some examples of stress management are meditation, reading novels, going into spas, exercising, social activities, autogenic training, deep breathing, relaxation methods, yoga, getting a hobby, cognitive therapy, use of stress balks, time management, and spending time in nature, listening to music and natural medicine.
There are some ways of temporarily coping up and reducing stress such as:
- drinking alcoholic beverages
- sleeping too much
- using pills or drugs
- under eating
- lashing out
- undergoing angry outbursts
The above-mentioned may even cause more damage in the future.
Other examples of healthy ways to relax and recharge are calling a good friend to whom you can have a healthy conversation, playing with your pet dog or cat, watching a feel good film or a comedy film, taking a long bath such as in your bathtub, savoring a warm cup of coffee or tea, writing in your journal or just going for a walk maybe with an understanding friend, supportive relative or a dog.