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How to Reduce, prevent, and Cope with Stress
It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills aren’t
going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands,
and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have
a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re
in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your
emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The
ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation,
and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head
Identify the sources of stress in your life
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This
isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress aren’t always obvious, and
it’s all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Sure, you may know that you’re constantly worried about work deadlines. But maybe
it’s your procrastination, rather than the actual job demands, that leads to deadline
To identify your true sources of stress, look closely at your habits, attitude, and
Do you explain away stress as temporary (“I just have a million things going on
right now”) even though you can’t remember the last time you took a breather?
Do you define stress as an integral part of your work or home life (“Things are
always crazy around here”) or as a part of your personality (“I have a lot of nervous
energy, that’s all”).
Do you blame your stress on other people or outside events, or view it as entirely
normal and unexceptional?
Until you accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining
it, your stress level will remain outside your control.
Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four A’s
Change the situation:Change your reaction:
Avoid the stressor. Adapt to the stressor.
Alter the stressor. Accept the stressor.
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