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Stress Management: How to Cope with Stress

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

Here are a few ways in which you can cope with stress :

Identify Unhealthy Coping Mechanism

  • Social withdrawal
  • Oversleeping
  • Overeating sweet or fatty foods
  • Mindlessly watching the TV without caring what you watch
  • Using medication to relax you
  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Taking out stress on others (e.g. in arguments or furious outbursts)

Be Physically Active

  • Dance to your favorite song
  • Walk to the store instead of driving
  • Walk your dog, or borrow someone else’s for half an hour
  • Take the stairs every time there’s an option
  • Find an exercise buddy, and go to classes together

Build and Maintain Relationships

  • Ask a colleague to lunch
  • Call, text or email an old friend to catch up
  • Invite your exercise buddy for a walk and a chat
  • Schedule weekly meetups with at least one friend
  • Get to know new people by signing up for an evening class or joining a club
  • Consider volunteer work, which not only counteracts loneliness but also allows you to give back to the world in a way that’s profoundly satisfying.

Change Your Attitude

  • Think positive thoughts and say positive things
  • Stop overthinking every single thing
  • Set “worry periods” only allow yourself to stress out for a short period of time a day instead of the whole day long
  • Deliberately reframe life’s challenges – ask yourself what opportunities they might present
  • Make a gratitude list – what are you thankful for?
  • Engage in active problem solving
  • Find lessons
  • Put your problems into perspective – will you really care about the present difficulty in a month, or a year?
  • Avoid perfectionism. Set yourself realistic, practical goals

Develop a “Stress Relief” Toolkit

  • Walk in a naturally beautiful setting
  • Meditate
  • Interact with an animal
  • Book yourself a massage
  • Watch a comedy
  • Contact one of your best friends
  • Keep a journal
  • Make a cup of herbal tea
  • Have a hot bath with relaxing essential oils
  • Read a good book

You can control your stress levels with relaxation techniques that evoke the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response. Regularly practicing these techniques will build your physical and emotional resilience, heal your body, and boost your overall feelings of joy and equanimity.

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    • Thanks great Manohar. I am glad you are taking steps to reduce stress everyday. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

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    • Thank you Vihani. I am glad you liked it. Effective stress management, helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.

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  1. i knew i had stress/depression, when i started falling asleep without even feeling of it..its pretty weird, no matter howmuch i sleep its never enough also i feel shaky all the time when i am stressing much, but thank you for this article..well written!

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  2. These are all great tips!
    Everyone deals with stress and the pressures and pitfalls of life tend to hit us most when we are overtired, sick and when we are out of our comfort zone. When our circumstances spin out of control, we feel stressed. As a Christian I believe that God is sovereign and is in control of our lives. I believe as I prioritize Him first (Matthew 6:33) He will give me everything I need.

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    • You are blessed to have great friends. Many materialistic things can act as a stress buster but friends form the pillar of it. They can be the best stress-busters, to relieve us of all our worries. A small chat with a close friend, a coffee date, a small hangout with them during the worst phases of our lives can prove to be the best medicine for our stressed life.

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    • I am glad you liked my post. We all need to be more aware of stressors. Factors of the environment that trigger this reaction are called stressors. Examples include noises, aggressive behavior, a speeding car, scary moments in movies, or even going out on a first date. The more stressors we experience, the more stressed we tend to feel.

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  3. I used to be very stressed at work and that carried over to home life. I found that simplifying my life…..cutting out anything unnecessary, helped. I asked myself does this activity – job or whatever make me happy? If not I made whatever changes were necessary. Also, if you have the space to do it, dig a vegetable garden and grow your own food. 1. It’s very soothing to renew our relationship with the soil, 2. You know exactly what has gone into making your food – no pesticides etc., and 3. It can help to reduce your living expenses. My wife and I now live of only one part time wage. We have so much time to relax and unwind – no stress.

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    • Haha thank you Jamar. I am glad you liked them. Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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    • Hi Bella, journaling helps for sure. Journaling helps control your symptoms and improve your mood by: Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns. Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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    • Hi Susan, Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and sharing your experience.

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    • Ah yes. One way is to invoke the “relaxation response,” through a technique first developed in the 1970s at Harvard Medical School by cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson, editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Health Report Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress. The relaxation response is the opposite of the stress response. It’s a state of profound rest that can be elicited in many ways. With regular practice, you create a well of calm to dip into as the need arises. Thank you for stopping by today.

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    • I am glad you liked them. The first step towards managing your stress levels better is to be cognizant of the various stimuli that that stress you. These could be situations, environments, people or expectation. This initial part of managing stress is of extreme importance since there are different things that stress different people. Some people can work well under pressure and a structured and less challenging environment may cause them frustration. And then there are others who prefer to work in a company that has a process orientation. There could also be certain people who criticize you whenever you meet them and so an impending meeting could also be the cause of stress.

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