Success Guide -
Manage Stress - Five Ways
Can I Manage Stress Better?
unrelieved stress and being aware of its effect on our lives is
not sufficient for reducing its harmful effects. Just as there are
many sources of stress, there are many ways to manage stress.
However, all require work in order to be effective.
To manage stress, chang the source of the stress and/or your reaction
How do you do it?
1. Manage stress by becoming aware of your stressors
and your emotional and physical reactions.
Notice your stress and its beginnings. Don't ignore it. Don't
gloss over your problems.
Determine what events stress you out. How much do these events
mean to you?
Determine how your body responds to the stress. Do you become
nervous or physically upset? If so, in what specific ways?
2. Manage stress by recognizing what you can change.
Can you change your stressors by avoiding or eliminating them
Can you reduce their intensity over time?
Can you shorten your exposure to stress by taking a break, or
leaving the physical premises?
Can you devote the time and energy necessary to making a change
(goal setting, time management techniques, and delayed gratification
strategies may be helpful here)?
3. Manage stress by reducing the intensity of your
emotional reactions to stress.
The stress reaction is triggered by your perception
of danger and/or fears physical danger or emotional danger, and
fears of failure etc.
Are you viewing your stressors in exaggerated terms and/or taking
a difficult situation and making it a disaster?
Are you expecting to please everyone because Im telling you
that you cant?
Are you overreacting and viewing things as absolutely critical
and urgent all the time? Do you feel you must always come out
the winner in every situation?
Work at adopting more moderate views; try to see the stress as
something you can cope with rather than something that overpowers
Try to temper your excess emotions. Put the situation in perspective.
Do not labor on the negative aspects of everything find a positive
in them if you can
Take personal time to evaluate your surroundings clearly
Take a deep breath when overly stressed and count backwards
4. Manage stress by building your physical reserves.
Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals.
Maintain your ideal weight or appearance.
Avoid nicotine, excessive caffeine, and alcohol.
Mix leisure with work. Take breaks and get away when you can.
Get enough sleep. Be as consistent with your sleep schedule as
Exercise a little bit or take a walk daily
5. Manage stress by maintaining your emotional reserves.
Develop some mutually supportive friendships/relationships.
Pursue realistic goals which are meaningful to you, rather than
goals others have for you that you do not share because they wont
Expect some frustrations, failures, and sorrows and let them
Always be kind and gentle with yourself be your own best friend.