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Stress Management and You

1 February 2011 No Comment

With stress being a major influence on illness it helps to know a bit about it and to plan how you are going to manage it. Make sure you have a stress management plan. This involves identifying the stresses and non stressors in your life. This can be work, family, traffic and things that you enjoy doing (listening to music, going for a walk etc). It may relate to a particular person, a particular environment or a particular day of the week. Monday is easily the most stressful day of the week but there are ways you can manage the stress. This however, requires a plan.

Regular self evaluation is an important part of stress management and managing your stress so you can have better health and a better life. Ok, you’ve now looked at yourself and your life and you’ve identified a few areas that create stress for you. Now what? This is where you have to strategize. Don’t do it alone either, involve family, friends and people who know you really well and can get good feedback from. Look at the different areas and see if you can make minor changes to reduce your stress. Ask people close to you what they think and work out the different areas that you need to monitor, make changes in and look after so you can have a healthier life. For each area write down a particular stressor and match it up with a non stressor. This is the first part of your plan. If traffic stresses you out (your stressor) you are going to use listening to music (your non stressor) to bring your stress level down.

Using your non stressor list have 2 or 3 non stressors for each stressor, this is the essence of your plan. Write them down, keep them in your wallet, tape them to your computer screen and put them anywhere where you’re likely to get stressed. This will remind you what to do in these situations. And after a while it will become a habit and unlike a lot of habits out there, controlling your stress is a good habit to have.

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Article by: Lisa Ballinger

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