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Stress! That word alone can elicit a physical response. School is in full swing, and believe it or not, the holidays are around the corner. With that in mind, I thought this month, it might be good to talk about stress management. So, below are five “A’s” to stress management.

Avoid unnecessary stress: Avoiding all stressors is not healthy, but there are a number of stressors that can be eliminated.

  • Learn to say “no”
  • Avoid people or places that stress you out and can be avoided
  • Take control of your environment
  • Avoid “hot button” topics
  • Trim down your to do list

Alter the situation: If you can’t avoid a stress, try to alter it. Find out what you can do to change things so it doesn’t present itself in the future.

  • Be more assertive
  • Time management
  • Be willing to compromise
  • Express your feelings

Adapt the stressor: If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself.

  • Reframe the problems
  • Look at the big picture
  • Adjust your standards
  • Focus on the positives

Accept the things you can’t change: Acceptance is hard, but it is easier than protesting against something that you can’t change.

  • Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
  • Share your feelings
  • Learn to forgive

Adopt a healthy lifestyle: If you make time for regular fun and relaxation, stressors won’t go away, but they will be easier to handle when they do come.

  • Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet
  • Reduce caffeine and sugar
  • Get enough sleep
  • Set aside relaxation time and do something you enjoy everyday
  • Connect with others

“The habits that took years to build do not take a day to change.” –Susan Powter

-Rachel

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