Coping with Stress

Stress is something that is part of normal life, in that it is experienced by everyone from time to time. However, some people suffer from excessive stress which is more frequent and severe. This can affect the quality of their life and relationships.

There are a huge range of everyday stressors that can trigger stressful symptoms. Symptoms of stress vary in degree from person to person. These can include:-

  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Poor sleep
  • Worrying and feeling anxious
  • Upset stomach
  • Changes in appetite (increase or decrease)
  • Chest pains and other physical symptoms

Stress Management Tips

  • Identify your triggers. Can you manage these better and control some aspects of them differently. Break them down and look carefully at what you can change and control.
  • Build in regular exercise or mediation. A healthy balanced lifestyle helps create more energy to deal with stress. Eat well and sleep well.
  • Take time out for family and friends. Recreational activity is important for relaxation.
  • Use problem solving techniques. Clarify the problem. Put into action one possible solution, listing pros and cons.
  • Learn calming techniques such as controlled breathing and relaxation. Train your mind and body to become relaxed. Use CD’s to help you practice.
  • Learn some assertiveness skills. Maybe see a counsellor to help you with these.
  • Challenge your thinking processes. Are you constantly focusing on the negative? Negative thinking can make us worry more than necessary, increasing stress and generally doesn’t generate positive action.
  • Practice Mindfulness techniques. ‘Mindfulness’ by Mark Williams & Danny Penman free CD included

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