If you don’t think about stress management strategies ahead of time, then dealing with stress when it happens is almost impossible.
You already know how stress can overtake your entire mental and emotional states, so if you want to be better at managing the entire process, take the time now to implement your own personal plan.
Step one is to identify and fully understand what causes anxiety in you specifically.
While this sounds simple, it isn’t easy because your actual stressor sources aren’t always obvious to you.
For example, you may lessen how serious your feelings of worry over an argument with a friend or a severe deadline at work may be affecting you.
You must take full responsibility for your own personal part in how stress affects you and what it takes for you to reduce its impact on you.
Ask yourself how your attitudes, beliefs and habits line up in relation to stress.
Keeping a simple daily journal can be helpful as you start to identify your beliefs and hone in on what's causing your anxiety. Each time you feel your stress levels rise, write down what just happened or what thoughts are causing it.
Once you have a handle on what's causing you anxiety and stress, you can begin to work on lessening how it all affects you and your life.
Be sure to eat well. Modern day diets of white pastas, soda, sugary snacks and desserts, microwave food full of chemicals, and other pre-packaged meals containing harmful ingredients such as MSG or high fructose corn syrup leave your brain and body depleted of important nutrition.
Without nutrition, you aren’t equipped with the energy to deal with life and the situations it presents you.
Eat foods high in B vitamins, such as dark lettuce, lean chicken, fish, poultry, and spinach. Maintain a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, as dehydration causes “low mood” and tiredness…definitely not the best way to meet any challenge in life.
Have fun – One of the best stress management strategies is when stress hits you, afford yourself the ability to take a break from whatever it is that’s at the source. Get away from it…take a walk, read a book, sew, cook, watch a good movie…basically, identify what you love to do just for the love of it…and go do it!
Just say no – As you go about your journaling, you’re most likely going to identify how quite a few of your stressors come from the fact that you said “yes” to something you really don’t like doing.
But, because you felt family or social pressure to say you’d do it, you’re now drudgingly and stressfully performing tasks and activities that simply make you miserable. Learn to say no.
Get rid of stressful people – Most likely, you have people in your life who are a great source of stress. Unfortunately, these are often family members or friends. If you’re serious about reducing stress in your life, then you may need to make some hard decisions in how often you allow yourself to be around these people.
Assertiveness – Stress can manifest because you’re afraid to assert yourself.
For example, you’re working on a work project with a deadline. A family member calls to just “chat”.
If in the past, you’ve been afraid to tell them you simply must go, make a commitment to be more assertive in these situations. If you don’t, you not only don’t enjoy that conversation, but your stress builds as you count the time being lost on your project.
Massage – Treating yourself to a massage often will help naturally relieve stress symptoms.
Exercise – Get out and sweat! Run, play a game of basketball with friends, play tennis, go to the gym and work out. Sometimes, simply getting physical will leave you feeling less stress.
Sound Therapy – This type of therapy has been shown to absolutely relieve stress by sending soothing vibrational frequencies into the body.
At a cellular level, stress is causing your cells to lose their ability to properly communicate. When this happens, not only are you affected emotionally and mentally, but you run the risk of manifesting physical disease and illness.
Through sound therapy, you allow your cells to come back into communication again. Stress is reduced and physical disease is avoided.
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