Since I just posted how badly I am feeling lately, I decided I better remind myself of these strategies:
Think about identifying circumstances that cause you stress (stressor) and your symptoms of stress. For each stressor, ask yourself two questions:
1). How important is this to me?
2). Can I control this event or situation?
Consider the the control and importance to help you determine which strategies to use. Skills that will help you manage stress include:
* Work on being consciously aware of stressful situations. Review signs and symptoms associated with stress
* Identify common causes of stress for you
* Keep it in perspective, Don't think catastrophically
* Avoid over-dramatizing or exaggerating reactions of others.
* Keep a positive attitude.
* Avoid worrying about things that may never happen.
* Use positive self-talk (Cognitive behavior therapy)
* If worries and fears are causing you stress, ask yourself:
1). Has this happened before?
2). What did I learn from it?
3). What is the worst possible outcome?
4). What else can I do?
5). What advice would I give a friend in this situation?
6). Five years from now...will I remember this event?
1). Non-aerobic stretching exercises like yoga can be calming because they induce deep breathing and a meditation-like mental state. Helps release anxiety, lower blood pressure, and reduces your pain. We need those endorphins released to our brains!
2). Relaxation exercises include a great variety of techniques. One of the easiest to learn is Deep Breathing. Other relaxation techniques include Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Imagery and Mediation.
3). Humor and Laughter: Medical research suggest that humor can have positive effects on both the mental state and the body, particularly in enhancing health and reducing pain.
4). Support from Others: Join a support group or seek support from others in times of stress or need.
* Practice using clear assertive communication; saying what you need, sometimes we do not know what we need, think about what it is we need.
* Become competent in using time management strategies
Think about this:
--Did I cause it?
--Can I change it?
--Can I control it?
Answer is "NO"
Flow, and do something different
Save energy for something you can impact and change.