We are living in a modern world where stress is taking a toll of our lives, even day to day living is becoming stressful .we cannot control these situation but we can modify our reaction, emotions ,behavior, thoughts to adapt to these stressor so we don’t get bogged down.
First but not the least is to identify your stressors.
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. Our stressors are difficult to identify because we overlook our habits, behavior or thoughts
Start by writing what bothers you; maintain a diary where you jot down:
- Cause of stress
- How you felt?
- How did you react?
- What made you feel better?
Maintain this stress journal regularly so you can see which situations are precipitating stress and how you can unlearn your action and modify your reaction.
Most people adhere to non healthy techniques to handle stress like
- Smoking and drinking
- Overeating or under eating
- Sleeping too much
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Loosing control, getting angry
- Getting into addiction
- Becoming violent
There are many healthy ways to handle stress but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. Stress management is not one size fit for all. Each person’s reaction to stress is unique so management is also different.
As we know stress is because of either situation or our reaction so to break the cycle we can.
- Avoid the stressor
- Alter our stressor
- Adapt to our stressor
- Accept our stressor
Some healthy ways of dealing with stress are
- Relaxation time is a must.
- Do something you enjoy every day.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Reduce caffeine and sugar.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs.
- Get enough sleep.
If despite of your continuous efforts all these strategies fail, consult a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication and behavior therapy to cope with stress.