There are a thousand theories out there about how to develop successful stress management practices.
What strategies are the “right” approaches to handling stress; when do you have time to implement them and how will you know if they’re working? These very questions can be stressful! When it comes to dealing with stress, a key point of focus should be more than simply dealing with symptoms, but also on how to actually determine and work on the issues that are causing stress in the first place. Not all stress stems from the same core issues or manifest in the same way. How, then, can stress be navigated in the workplace (and everywhere!)?
The Key to Stress Management is in Confronting Core Issues
Customizing a stress management plan doesn’t have to be a difficult undertaking. To get started, try taking a few moments to really, consciously think about what frequently causes stress in your life. Maybe you’re experiencing stress right now! Think about where that stress is coming from. Often, the core issues that produce stress can be broken down into three general categories:
Allow some freedom to be as general or specific as you’d like as you categorize your thoughts and feelings. It may be helpful to write some things out in order to detect any repeating patterns.
Stress needs to be consciously acknowledged: its core source needs to be addressed so that you can make conscious and self-controlled decisions about how to react accordingly. Understanding what causes stress can help you deal with it in a more holistic way, rather than just trying to solve the surface symptoms. Once you’ve determined some different reasons for your stress, think about what kind of stress management techniques would best suit you.
3 Options for Managing Stress That Actually Work
Sometimes, simply making an effort to change your perspective on a certain situation can make a world of difference when it comes to managing stress. Although it sounds easier said than done, making a conscious effort to shift perspectives can reduce and often eliminate stress. When you can look at a situation in the bigger picture and choose to focus on the positive aspects of things, you will be effectively managing the stress that is associated with that situation. If this form of stress relief proves difficult, here are three additional stress management strategies to try:
- Relaxation – Meditation, massage, and music can be highly effective in dealing with the symptoms of stress. All three can make you conscious and mindful of your state of mind, breathing, and even physical well-being. Simply becoming more aware of your physiological condition can help diminish stress.
- Journaling – No matter your emotions or your level of intensity, a journal doesn’t mind hearing what you have to say! Journaling can give you a safe place to honestly express yourself without hurting anyone in the process. Writing also gives you a chance to physically slow down, focus your mind on one task, and relax.
- Exercise – Exercise can help release tension and allow the physical symptoms of stress to melt away. Aerobic activity for many, such as running, hiking, and biking actually works as a meditative solution to stop stress in its tracks. Plus, you’ll be receiving the added fitness benefits to contribute to overall health and wellness.
No matter what your approach to stress management is, be sure to try different things until you find what works best for you! Listening to music, delving into a favorite hobby, taking time to develop deep, intimate friendships; these are all methods of stress management that have proven successful for many people. Most likely, your particular stress management techniques will be a combination of several of these suggestions or include other creative activities you find to be helpful! What matters is understanding yourself and effectively managing stress so that it doesn’t manage you!
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