Stress Management – The First Steps in Managing Your Stress

Most of us will suffer from the unhealthy consequence of living in this fast paced-keep going-can’t stop-must be successful society. It’s that feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, that there is so much going on in your life, it becomes overwhelming. Sadly, it usually takes the roof crashing in before you finally decide to do something about it.

Stress is a primitive human response to a threatening situation. It could be physical, social, emotional or financial. these are the outward pressures that stir up an array of inward, life-threatening problems; heart disease, ulcers, high blood pressure or stroke, just to name a few. Although these physical dangers progress over 5, 10, 15 years, there is an immediate danger to your health. Stress makes you simply unhappy this negative emotion can affect your family life; make you anxious or depressed; left feeling like you have no purpose for life; and in extreme cases, suicidal. Either one of these alone is a good enough reason to reduce the stress in your life RIGHT NOW.

An essential step in reducing stress is to listen to your body. do you have trouble sleeping? Is your stomach constantly in knots? have you lost your appetite? Are you constantly irritable? these symptoms are easily identified, but your body’s inward stress responses may not be. They include an increased heart rate; tight muscles; your stomach temporarily stops digesting food and your immune system goes into hibernation.

The most important step is to establish WHAT is stressing you. what causes stress is an individual matter, a question only you can answer. if you can identify the primary cause you can start searching for the solutions. However, it is only when you initiate these solutions, which will ultimately cure your stress.

Strangely enough, when you begin to analyse the sources, you might start to see a pattern. Your stress may not be a single, bigger issue, but multiple, small irritations that compound, making you irritated, frustrated, angry and then ultimately, stressed if each small irritation was dealt with as it occurred, maybe you could have avoided a stress explosion. Putting value on your list of triggers is an important step in identifying if what you are stressing over is actually even worth your energy. like the famous self-help book says; Don’t sweat the small stuff

Your next step is to control your perceptions over every single event in your life. if what you’re stressed about is just a false perception, you’re insecurities could be clouding your ability to realistically interpret the event based on actual facts. Think about this. Which area of your life are you least secure about and what influence do these insecurities have on your perceptions of the events to come? the only solution to this is avoid making decisions based on assumptions instead of the facts. You need complete clarity when perceiving an event and if you cannot do this honestly, ask the unbiased opinion of somebody you trust.

In conclusion, the only way to deal with the challenges which leave you stressed is by learning how to deal with them effectively. but what if the weight of your troubles just won’t allow this at this very moment? for the short term, a band-aid effect is more than OK. Just dealing with those minor irritations is the best place to start. You can do this through simple techniques like exercise; relaxation and healthy eating; maintaining a healthy mind through optimism; and making a daily list of essential tasks you need to address that will make your life less stressful.

Remember, stress management can only be achieved by initiating the solutions

Stress Management – The First Steps in Managing Your Stress

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