Controlling stress is all about emotional awareness. Think about the stressful situations in your life and how you feel and react to them. If you lose control of your emotions, you’re in danger of not thinking clearly, reacting negatively and becoming frustrated and overwhelmed.
Once you are aware of your emotions you can be in control of them and react more positively to challenges. You’ll think more clearly and creatively, communicate well with others and display trust, empathy and confidence. Sound good?
There are a number of techniques to help you change your responses to stressful situations and the stress diary I encouraged you to complete in my last blog “What causes your negative stress?” will have helped you understand your emotions and reactions and what needs to change.
Try some of the Helpguide techniques below. They help you alter your coping strategies so that you get a more positive output from challenging situations rather than reacting in ways that compound the problem.
- Avoid the stress, by saying no to more responsibilities, taking control of your environment and reducing your to do lists
- Alter the stress, by compromising, being more assertive, managing your time better and expressing your feelings
- Adapting to the stress, by looking at the positives in situations, looking at the bigger picture and adjusting your standards
- Accepting the things you can’t change, choose how you react instead, look at the upside, share your feeling with a friend or therapist and learn to forgive
- Make time for fun and relaxation. It’s important to do something you enjoy every day. Making time to socialise, have a massage, watch a TV show will help you handle stress more positively
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating well, getting enough sleep and making sure you aren’t exceeding the recommended alcohol and caffeine limits
For more information on these techniques scroll down to “Learning healthier ways to manage stress” at http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
Remember – “Stress Management is not an Event; it is a Life-Long Process.” Jin Yamamura
Look out for more blogs on “How to get from distress to de-stress” soon.