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