Managing Stress

12 November 2009
Do you get really stressed during the holidays? I am one of those people wh stresses really easily, so the holidays just kick it up more. Managing stress is something I have to work at constantly. I am pleased to share with you this guest post by Cheryl Hitchcock. She shares easy ways to learn to manage those things that stress us out. Thanks, Cheryl for this great guest post!

Managing Stress

Stress is something that comes with everyday life, and there are ways to manage stress so that it doesn’t consume you. I am going to share with you some tips that can help you cope with stress and gain back your control. Stress comes from the mind. It’s based on our own perceptions and beliefs and filtered through fear, and when left out of control can cause significant mental and/or physical illness, so you need to look at ways of managing it.

Meditation, or stilling of the mind, significantly reduces stress and the detrimental effects on your mind and body. It is proven scientifically that even small amounts of meditation daily can cut down on the negative effects of stress. Quieting your mind will eliminate the thoughts and emotions that cause stress and increase your sense of peace.

When something comes up for you that creates stress (a stressor), ask yourself if there is anything you can do about it. Can you manage or change the stressor? Maybe not, but you can change the way in which you view it. Remember that stress comes from your perceptions, based on your beliefs, and you can change those. Do not ‘worry’ about the cause of your stress. ‘Worry’ is a useless emotion and only increases stress and irrational thoughts, as well as preventing you from finding options or taking action.

Try to look at the stressor objectively, that is to say, without your personal beliefs, perceptions, and emotions attached. Break it down into smaller more manageable parts and set out a plan to deal with each part. Eliciting the help of someone you trust may aid in brainstorming options that you may not have thought about previously.

You need to take care of your mental health because your mind is what drives everything you do and if it breaks down, every aspect of your life will be affected. Seek out professional help if needed. There is no stressful situation that cannot be managed. It’s up to you to take the lead in your life.

Cheryl Hitchcock DSW, ADC

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