At some points in your life, you get to experience some stressful moments or episodes, depending on the situation that affects you. Especially in this generation where everyone seems to be constantly competing with time, beating deadlines, and dealing with daily hassles, frustrations, and demands, it is inevitable to get stressed, but learning stress management techniques is certainly helpful. Stress is a normal occurrence when our physical bodies have to respond to events that make us feel threatened or somehow tilt our balance. A little dose of it can motivate people into doing their best performance. But beyond a certain level, it starts causing you harm, to the point of damaging your health, your disposition, your relationships, your productivity, and the quality of your life itself. In extreme cases, it can even lead to death. And this is where you should learn how to deal with stress.
Stress management starts by identifying the causes and source(s) of your stress, called stressors. This is not an easy thing to do, though, be-cause stress can creep up without you noticing it. You get used to it, making you feel as though everything is normal. Although it is impossible to totally eliminate harmful stress from our lives, we can realistically apply strategies to minimize it. Below are some useful stress management techniques that you should try.
Stress Management 101:
Remember the four As
If you have a tendency to react to events in an unhealthy manner, re-member to practice Avoid, Alter, Adapt, or Accept, known as the 4 As.
Avoid pointless stress. Learn when to say “No” and when to say “Yes”. There are times when you need to set limits according to your physical, emotional, and mental capacity. Don’t push yourself beyond what you can handle.
Alter stressful situations. Sometimes, it is inevitable to con-front a stressful situation. But you can alter it by being more assertive in dealing with the issue. Do not just bottle up your feelings; speak out respectfully and let others know of your concerns and try to meet them halfway on a problem.
Adapt to the situation that has you stressed. If you can’t avoid the stressor, try reframing the issue or concentrate on the positive things in your life, instead. The secret here is to look at the bigger picture of things and ask yourself whether the issue is worth getting upset about or not.
Accept the things that you cannot change. It’s a reality that you cannot change all things according to your desire. Instead of railing against a situation, just try to look for the upside of it all. For sure, you will find an opportunity for personal growth and learning. Don’t attempt to control the uncontrollable.
Keep a sense of humor
Each person reacts to stress in countless different ways, and some-times in the wrong and unhealthy ways, like smoking; over and under-eating; excessive drinking; sleeping too much; withdrawing from family, friends, and activities; procrastinating; and even taking drugs. In-stead, why not laugh or make fun on the things that cause you stress? heck that’s what I do these days. After all, laughter is still the best medicine and I can remember as far back as grade school I always loved to make people laugh.