Stress is a normal reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. However, some daily challenges such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines, work/life balance, or managing finances can push you beyond your ability to cope.
By paying attention to what causes your stress, and practicing ways to relax, you can counter some of the effects of stress. It can also increase your ability to cope with challenges.
Stress management gives you tools to calm your body's response to overwhelming stress. Without it, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems.
Identify your triggers. What makes you feel angry, tense, worried or irritable?
Break big problems into smaller parts. Take it one step at a time, instead of trying to tackle everything at once.
Once identified, put strategies in place to deal with them. Try meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi or yoga. to slow you breathing and calm your mind.
Set aside time for yourself. Get a massage, soak in a bubble bath, or take a walk. Listen to music or a new podcast, curl up with a good book - do whatever helps you relax.
Make a conscious effort to reduce screen time. Remove the TV and computer from your bedroom. Allow your mind to wind down before bed.
Embrace a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.
You are not alone! Reach out to family or friends for support.
Don't wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today, and disrupt the cycle of stress.