Posted by: Dr. Justin D'Arienzo, Psy.D., ABPP
Stress Management Tips & Techniques, Jacksonville, Florida
Article written by Emily Roper, Psychological Technician at D’Arienzo Psychological Group
STRESS MANAGEMENT TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Working on your problems
Taking steps to deal with your problems will make you feel better able to cope with them. Top tips include:
• Dividing problems into smaller bite sized pieces and dealing with them one at a time.
• Trying to deal with problems as they arise so that they don’t get worse.
• Prioritizing what has to be dealt with now and what can wait.
Talk about it
You don’t have to solve every problem on your own. Sometimes you need help. Talking about your feelings can be the first step towards dealing with things.
Many of us find it hard to start talking about difficult problems. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to talk about feelings- and sometimes we don’t actually know exactly what’s wrong, but sharing a problem can ease stress, even if you can’t find an answer straight away.
They’re a source of support and help keep us happy and well. But when relationships go wrong, they can cause lots of stress.
Strong relationships rely on good communication, whether they’re with friends, partners or family members. Set aside regular time to talk through important issues and let each other know how you’re feeling.
Stress can make us think irrationally. If we’re worrying about our problems all the time, we might start expecting the worst, become more pessimistic, and may blow things out of proportion.
Think about these questions in light of your own worries:
• What’s the worst that could happen?
• What if someone else I know was in my shoes. What would they do? How would they react?
• Are my thoughts based on real facts? Is there another way to think about things?
Being optimistic can be hard when you’re in the middle of a difficult situation, but trying to sort out fact from fiction in your head might help you think more clearly and cut worries down to size.
Stressful times are sometimes unavoidable. Planning ahead can help us cope better. Learn to say “no”.
• It’s easy to keep saying ‘yes’ – especially to friends, family and work colleagues.
• You can’t do everything and look after yourself. Be realistic about how much spare time and energy you have
3 Basic Stress Management Methods
1. Instant Relief From Stress
If you want to be relieved of stress right away, you can do so with the help of some fast-acting techniques. Generally, they are used to quickly lower down stress levels, but when you practice these techniques on a regular basis, they are bound to have long-lasting positive effects. Some of the most common instant stress relievers are the following:
• Breathing Exercises
• Classical Music
• Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
• Guided Imagery / Visualizations
2. Healthy Lifestyle
Given that stress is unavoidable, we must try hard to fortify our defenses against it. One way to effectively do so is by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who have unhealthy lifestyle practices take in stress harder and are more prone to suffer from its detrimental effects. On the other hand, stress has little effects on healthy individuals. Here are some practices you should adopt if you want to be more resilient to stress’ negative effects:
• Eat Healthy
• Get enough sleep
• Engage in some form of regular physical activity
• Enjoy a healthy sex life
3. Maintaining The Right Attitude
The effects of stress on you have a lot to do with your attitude and the way you perceive your life’s events. Here are some practices to help you maintain a stress-relieving attitude:
• Stay positive
• Stop aiming for perfection
• Attract positive energy
• Maintain a good sense of humor
• Let go of your past resentments and failure
• Have fun
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