Posted on Wed, Jul 1, 2009
STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
It may seem that there’s nothing we can do about our stress level. First, we must pray and ask God to help us, through whatever dilemma we’re toiling with. Secondly, we must believe, that Our Father will do what His word says according to His will. We are too blessed to be stressed!
The bills aren’t going to stop coming and there will never be more hours in a day for all of the errands, careers, and demanding family responsibilities. We have a lot more control than we think. The simple realization is that we‘re in control of our lives, is the foundation for stress management.
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of our thoughts, our emotions, our schedules, our environment and the way we 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.
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in our lives. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Our true sources of stress are not always obvious, and it’s all too easy to overlook our own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. To identify our true sources of stress, we must look closely at our habits, attitudes, and excuses. Until we accept responsibility for the role we play in creating or maintaining our stress level, it will remain outside of our control.
Think about the ways you currently manage and cope with stress. Are your coping strategies healthy or unhealthy, helpful or unproductive? Unfortunately, many of us cope with stress in ways that compound the problem. Unhealthy ways are smoking, drinking, overeating, using drugs, and lashing out at others. Learning healthy ways to manage stress requires change. You can either change the situation or change how you react to the situation. When deciding which option to choose, it’s helpful to think of the four A’s: avoid, alter, adapt or accept. There’s no “one size fit all” solution, veryone’s situation is different. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.
Avoid unnecessary stress. However, not all stress can be avoided. It’s not healthy to avoid situations or circumstances that need to be addressed.
Until next month..............Stay Stress-Free!