Are you struggling to make ends meet and feel stressed every day? Well, here is a 7 days stress management program designed especially for you.
They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same goes when you start tearing your hair out with all the frustration, grief, anxiety, and yes, stress. It’s a state of mental conditioning that is like taking that bitter pill down your throat, causing you to lose your sense of self, and worse your sanity. Just thinking about it can drive anyone off the edge.
Being Stressed is Not Unique
I know what it feels like to be stressed. A few years ago after a failed marriage, lost of my business and then my house I found myself being a single mother with no stable income. To say I was stressed is an understatement. I was devastated, overwhelmed and stressed and this led me into a state of chronic depression. I knew nothing then about stress management.
I can tell you coping with life, and the problems that can come with it will eat away all the joy and happiness that you possess. So whenever you meet someone you might give you a hard time because he or she is stressed you have to be considerate and try to understand what they are going through. They have their own problems just like we have our reasons to be stressed. They say that stress is all in the mind, well, what’s bugging you anyway? Do you know what is stress management?
Stress Management Program to Pull You Through
There are several ways to manage stress, and eventually, remove it out of your life. There is positive thinking as well as a positive action. So I’ll try to divide it into a seven-day course for you and I promise it’s not going to be too taxing on the body, as well as on the mind.
1. Acknowledge that Stress is Good
Make stress your friend! Based on the body’s natural “fight or flight” response, that burst of energy will enhance your performance at the right moment. I’ve yet to see a top sportsman totally relaxed before a big competition. Use stress wisely to push yourself that little bit harder when it counts most.
2. Avoid People who are Stressed and want to Spread it
There are some people who tend to spread their negative vibes when they are stressed. Once they are down everyone else around them are automatically sucked into this dungeon.
Protect yourself by recognizing stress in others and limiting your contact with them. Or if you’ve got the inclination, play teach them some of your stress management skills.
3. Learn from the Best
When people around are losing their head, who keeps calm? What are they doing differently? What is their attitude? What language do they use? Are they trained and experienced?
Figure it out from afar or sit them down for a chat. Learn from the best stress managers and copy what they do.
4. Practice Socially Acceptable Heavy Breathing
This is something I’ve learned from a gym instructor: You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of 11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal.
5. Get Rid of Stress Thoughts Immediately
It is possible to tangle yourself up in a stress knot all by yourself. “If this happens, then that might happen and then we’re all up to the creek!” Most of these things never happen, so why waste all that energy worrying needlessly?
Give stress thought-trains the red light and stop them in their tracks. Okay so it might go wrong – how likely is that, and what can you do to prevent it?
6. Know Your Trigger Points and Hot Spots
Presentations, interviews, meetings, giving difficult feedback, tight deadlines…. My heart rate is cranking up just writing these down!
Make your own list of stress trigger points or hot spots. Be specific. Is it only presentations to a certain audience that get you worked up? Does one project cause more stress than another? Did you drink too much coffee?
Knowing what causes you stress is powerful information, as you can take action to make it less stressful. Do you need to learn some new skills? Do you need extra resources? Do you need to switch to decaf?
7. Burn The Candle at One End
Lack of sleep, poor diet and no exercise wreak havoc on our body and mind. Kind of obvious, but worth mentioning as it’s often ignored as a stress management technique. Listen to your mother and don’t burn the candle at both ends!
So having stress can be a total drag, but that should not hinder us to find the inner peace of mind that we have wanted for a long time. In any case, one could always go to the Bahamas and bask under the summer sun.