Coping with stress is a dynamic process including the nature and extent of the stimulus itself, personal characteristics like gender or personality and external resources like one’s socioeconomic status or social support levels. It is important to acknowledge that people differ in their ways of dealing with problems. Once a certain stimulus is being perceived as stressful for example an upcoming deadline a wide range of different response options are set in motion. This reaction is typically referred to as the ‘coping process’.
Here are some more ways in which you can manage stress :
- Make a game plan – Not only will having a to-do list reduce stress, it will help you stay more focused.
- Take deep breaths – Taking a second to step away may help your body handle stress better, The idea is to get your breath slower to activate the body’s relaxation mode.
- Scale it down – Set realistic expectations. Studies often point of lofty expectations as a reason for higher stress levels.
- Know the signs of stress – Irritability, fatigue, and headaches are all physical signs of stress.
- Make a budget – Money is considered the most stressful factor for many, so keeping a budget can keep you from going overboard.
- Eat & drink wisely – Eating balanced amounts of whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies can help you manage your stress levels.
- Remember to laugh – A study on college stress levels found the laughter, yoga, and reading significantly reduced stress.
- Chat with a friend – Ina recent study, 43% of people who said they had no one to turn to for emotional support also reported their stress had increased in the past year.
- Listen to the right music – Many studies have found that listening to soothing sounds like nature soundtracks or classical music can lower stress-related blood pressure.
- Get some exercise into your day – Cardiovascular exercise releases feel good hormones in our brain called endorphins, which can help us feel happier and less stressed.
- Get enough sleep – A small 2012 study revealed that sleep deprived subjects exhibited lower tolerance for stress.
- Take a nap – One study found that participants who napped after a sleepless night had decreased levels of the stress related hormone, cortisol.
- Take a break from what’s stressing you out – You know what stresses you out, so make sure you’re only exposing yourself to that situation in moderation.
- Confront what’s stressing you – If you ignore daily stressors, they can build up into something far more serious called chronic stress, which can contribute to anxiety and depression.
- Talk to the doctor – Chronic stress is becoming a public health hazard. Talk to a professional. Seek help.