Managing stress means using thoughts and actions to deal with stressful situations, lower our stress levels, and influence conditions and situations to reduce their stress potential. In general, stress management contains three elements:
This element means that:
Control (reduction or elimination) of the sources of stress means that:
This balance is achieved by modification of the response to stressors.
This means that:
We find out our optimum stress level. This is that level which gives stimulation and motivation but does not overload.
We learn to relax consciously. While we are in a stressful situation we can, for example, realize how tense certain muscles of our body are and relax them, or take slow, deep breaths. Also we can plan for moments in our daily life where we can relax, calm down, or enjoy something we really like.
We try to be objective. In our perception of a situation we try to be objective, perhaps we use the chance to discuss the situation with a friend or colleague.
We step beside ourselves. This means that we look at an event or situation from a different angle.
Note: This article was first published on empowerment-gateway.com on 11 May 2015
Written by Laurinda Seabra