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Stress Management

Stress Management

Stress is something that affects everyone in different ways.  While stress is a natural response to demands placed on the body or on the mind, it can become a major problem if ignored.

Stress management strategy #1: Adapt to the stressor
If you can’t change the stressor (an event which causes stress to an organism), change yourself. You can adapt to stressful situations and regain your sense of control by changing your expectations and attitude.
Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Rather than fuming about a traffic jam, look at it as an opportunity to pause and regroup, listen to your favorite radio station, or enjoy some alone time.
Look at the big picture. Take perspective of the stressful situation. Ask yourself how important it will be in the long run. Will it matter in a month? A year? Is it really worth getting upset over? If the answer is no, focus your time and energy elsewhere.

#2 avoid unnecessary stress
Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.
Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress.  
Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.  If dinner with a group of friends feels more like a punishment than a reward, have an evening to recharge and enjoy some alone time with netflix!
Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it’s the topic of discussion.

Stress management strategy #3: Get moving
Exercise releases endorphins which boost your mood and make you feel good and it can also serve as a valuable distraction to your daily worries.  While the maximum benefit comes from exercising for 30 minutes or more, you can start small and build up your fitness level gradually. Short, 10-minute bursts of activity that elevate your heart rate and make you break out into a sweat can help to relieve stress and give you more energy and optimism.  Some examples:
Put on some music and dance around 
Walk or cycle to the shops
Use the stairs at home or work rather than the lift
Martial Arts is fully recommended as a great form of stress relief (not that we're biased !), high intensity cardio, or slow and focused form work can get your mind off everyday stressors and give you that well-earned break !

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