How to Manage Stress Effectively

Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure. It is a form of pressure that comes from different aspects of day to day life such as a transitional period, increased workload, losing loved ones, getting sacked, having a financial storm, among others. When I started working in a towing company, I particularly got stressed by midnight overwhelming calls to save clients stuck by the road. However, within a few months, I was able to plan my time effectively and adjust to the new normal.

During a stressful period, you may feel threatened or upset and your body will create a stress response. Such a response can create various physical changes such as weight gain or weight loss. Irrespective of the situation, psychologists have pointed to us that it is easy to manage stress, and here is how to go about it.


Identify the source of stress

The first step to stress management is identifying the source of stress in your life. It may not be as easy as it sounds as the true sources of stress are not always obvious. It may be easy for you to overlook your stress-inducing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, making it easy to understand what’s stressing you. To identify your true source of stress, you need to look into your habits, attitudes, and excuses.


Look at ways to currently cope with stress

You need to take a look at how you are currently coping with stress. Ask yourself if your coping strategies are healthy or unhealthy and figure out if they are helpful or unproductive. Many people have poor ways of dealing with stress that complicates the whole process. Strategies such as drinking, smoking, zoning out, procrastinating, sleeping too much, among others may temporarily reduce stress but will cause a lot of damage in the long run. You need to learn new ways of managing stress such as avoiding the stressor and altering the stressor.


Avoid unnecessary stress

Not all stress can be avoided, but there are many situations you can prevent and avoid stress from happening in the first place. Learn to know your limits and stick to your principles and refuse to accept extra responsibilities.  You also need to avoid people who stress you out. Take full control of your environment. Additionally, avoid unnecessary arguments on hot button topics.


Alter the situation

Another stress management strategy is altering the situation. If you are not able to avoid a stressful circumstance, try to alter it. Figure out on key things you can easily do to change things so that a problem can’t present itself in the future. This can involve altering the way you communicate and operate in your life. Instead of bottling your feelings, try to express them out. Avoid hard lines and be willing to compromise. Avoid taking a back seat in your life, and instead, be more assertive. Take better control of your time and manage your time better. If all goes south, accept the things you can change and learn how to deal with challenging situations. Don’t try to control what is uncontrollable, as doing so may leave you more frustrated.

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