Stress - How to Manage it Effectively
Stress is a natural response to life's challenges, and can be harnessed and channeled positively through effective strategies. Often referred to as our "fight or flight" response, it can trigger a cascade of physiological changes designed to prepare us to cope with perceived threats. We all have stress, which makes it universally acceptable. Some of us just manage it better than others. Managing it effectively can be the difference between a life overcome with suffering and struggle or one that cultivates health and balance. Below are some tips for managing stress.
Four B's of Stress Management -
BASICS- exercise, sleep, healthy eating, drinking water. We all know this is crucial to managing stress, but implementing new routines is HARD! Start with small manageable/attainable goals that are motivating. Don't lose sight of the big picture. Small incremental changes create overall progress
BALANCE- Find ways to invest in something you love and purposefully schedule time for it. Figure out what works for you right now, which may look different during a different phase of life. Make sure you leave space in your schedule to balance work, family, and "me time" effectively.
BLOG (aka Track Stressors)- Okay, the "B" is a stretch here, but the point is that assessing our triggers for stress can help us get a handle on it by developing proactive strategies to address stress before it gets worse. Identify how you felt, what you did, and the result, and look for patterns.
BOUNDARIES- Learn not to over-schedule or over-commit. It is okay to SAY NO sometimes! Trusting your gut, learning from past decisions, and accepting others' reactions can make setting good boundaries so much easier. We can't do it all and we can't please everyone. Think quality versus quantity here and lose the guilt.
When we can recognize that stress is universal, it allows us to approach it with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to fostering resilience in ourselves and others. It no longer holds power over us but instead is a motivating force to bring forth positive changes in our lives. In the fast-paced rhythm of modern life, mastering stress management has become an invaluable skill for maintaining overall well-being. Stress management is not just a skill; it's a holistic approach to living a healthier, more balanced life. For help on implementing positive, stress-reducing strategies in your own life, reach out here.