Stress Management Skills And Strategies

Stress Management Skills And Strategies

My friend tweeted,”I’m stressed out!!!!” Another says, “I need to get away from this stress.” In a world of globalization, everyone is stressed from adults to teens to even kids. A student is under stress when exams are approaching or an employee feels the stress of unfinished tasks.

What is stress? An individual’s body feels the stress of fighting a particular tough situation by sending out signals that can affect his or her health, productivity and relationships. Events such as death, accidents or unpleasant situations at the workplace like being passed over for a promotion or unpleasantness at home such as sibling rivalry or unfinished household chores, and peers who backstab you at the workplace. To reduce stress from your life, identify the stressors or sources of stress in your life. Whenever you feel stressed, note the reason for stress in a diary or journal.

Some people manage and cope with stress in a healthy manner, while some try to curb stress in an unproductive manner such as smoking, drinking, over or under-eating, withdrawing from family and friends, taking pills and drugs to relax, procrastinating, etc.

However, there are healthy stress management techniques which one can easily resort to. They are:

  • Avoid excessive stress. Learn to say no, avoid people who create stress and tension in life, create a to-do list on a daily basis and avoid discussing topics like politics that are highly debatable. By circumventing stress, you will be able to breathe easy.
  • Modify the situation. If you cannot escape a stressful situation, figure out how you can change the situation or things and avoid the same problem in future. Talk about stressful situations with your family or friends, learn how to multitask and manage your time better, deal with stressful situations or problems head-on and avoid procrastinating.
  • Familiarize yourself with the stressor. If you can’t change the reasons for stress, change yourself by varying your expectations and attitude towards these reasons. Stop looking for perfectionism, view stressful situations from a positive perspective, pause and regroup your priorities or just listen to your favorite music or spend time on your hobby.
  • Accept the reality. The death of a loved one, a serious illness or even recession are some stressful situations that you can’t change. The best thing to do at such times is to accept it. Avoid controlling unmanageable things, learn to forget and forgive and to learn from mistakes are a few ways of managing stress.
  • Relax and have fun. Make time for fun and relax. This will reduce stress to a great extent. Go for a walk, indulge in a talkathon with your friends, cycle, watch movies, listen to music, read a good book, laugh or tend to your garden.
  • Embrace a healthy lifestyle. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen, get enough sleep, limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, practice yoga, deep breathing, meditation and other relaxation techniques to manage stress effectively.

Life’s ultimate goal is to ensure a balanced life with time for work, relationships, relaxation and fun. So, go ahead and do all you can to distress and enjoy life.

Do share your thoughts on the same.

  • Emilia Eugenia Ranzini

    Thank you for keeping me updated so as to how to cope with stressful situations.

  • One of my favourite stress busters is simply mindful breathing. Stop and focus on your breathing so that your stomach inflates when you inhale and deflates when you exhale. Breathing is one of the best ways to manage stress. And you can do it any where.

  • I have found that planting, sowing and giving keeps me from stressful situations in the first place. As you allude, stress is a “biological” function of our bodies reaction to stressors. What I have found is that there is a spiritual solution to a physical, or mental malady. If I am attempting to remove the stress I identify it, this can have a compulsive element all it’s own. So really, then, stress is temporary. It passes. I cannot stay focused on the why and how got there, anymore than I have to to get out of that place.

    I plant and sow throughout the day and simply do not let issues clutter my mind, or keep me from planting kindness, generosity, teaching others to give, and inspiring those who don’t care to learn it but must be shown how. By developing this spiritual principle of giving, my stressors have no more influence over me than any other physical or mental stimulation. They simply have no bearing on my life anymore. I do not walk in a state of dealing with stress or stressors, I try to maintain a state of miracles, transformation and the daily courage to change.

  • Hi,
    I believe that the last couple of measures you have mentioned are the more important ones. While changing the situation etc are good in theory, they are rarely possible for most of my clients! Yoga, relaxation and having fun, not only reduce your stress, but they also equip the body to react to stress in a much better way!!!! Just my opinion and thoughts!

  • Great insight and pretty valid suggestions. However, I believe there is no magic pill for relieving stress. In my experience nothing can beat spending good quality time off with your family & friends. Of course, these days free time is gold dust and thats why one rarely finds time to meet people.

    As far as the options you listed are universally applicable, three golden rules:

    1. Change the person – Highly improbable
    2. Change the situation – Probable but very difficult
    3. Change yourself – The easiest, but a mental block

    One word – dont over expect.. dont over exert
    Never look for happiness outside, its always within.

  • Dave Morgan

    A lot of times, uncertainty is stressful. My technique for handling this type of stress is to write down what I know about the situation. Then, I add to that my approach to figuring out the rest (how & where to get more information).

    Many times, I discover that I know more about the situation than I previously thought, and I have a clear plan of action that leads to greater control. This method goes a long way in eliminating the stress of uncertainty.

  • I handle stress by changing my situation.

    If I’m in a very stressful intellectual activity, I reduce my stress through physical activity — such as the never-ending yard work. In other words, I look for something that will tire me out, so that I can sleep easily, and where I have accomplished some small task. Moving the lawn is a good example.

    In other cases, stress is caused by excessive chaos or too much indecision about something important. In those cases, I like to do small wood turnings – because it is a very orderly activity that involves only me. So there are no other perspectives to worry about or other stakeholders to consider.

    The goal is to counteract my stress in one area with an activity in a completely different area and make sure I have accomplished something positive.

  • Dheeraj

    A nice flier on internet says that if you reverse `stressed’, it becomes `desserts’ best way to handle stress is to enjoy it. We need to take life as a learning experience and a journey not a destination. Each even whether high point or low point is life tells us something, teaches us something. We also need to apreciate that as an individual how small and insignificant we are, if we imagine, how small earth is in the solar system and against Sun and how small sun is against the other big starts in the world. In the whole earth, we live in such a vulnerable condition, where 70% is water, so many nations, populations, diseases, ironies and specieas. Thus, our problems, if any, are so miniscule in front of the whole framework. Thus, best is to enjoy this gift of life which has brought us in this world to enjoyearth, sky, trees, flowers, parents, education, knowledge, books, colours, paintings, books, sports, friendships, marriage, kids and so many other things..

    Stress can be handled physically also. Alom-Vilom under Yoga is a very good tool. Whenever one is stressed, if he/she does deep breathing for 10-15 times, it is an immediate relief to the stress and scientifically it means providing owyzen to the system. We know that stress means contraction of the muscles and supply of less oxyzen in the body..

    I feel Indian system of family has a great in-built stress relief mechanism. Hence, if we invest in our families, parents, brothers, sisters, spouse, children and close friends, we would be less prone to stress attacks.

  • Thank you for this thread Ayesha, and all of the contributions so far. I have struggled with managing stress in the corporate environment on more than one occasion in my career. Through increased self-awareness and…getting older -lol – I have started to recongnize some of my patterns and also observe others who seem not to be as affected by some of the same stressors, as I.

    When I look at what others do well to manage stress, having the ability to “roll with the punches”, release control by accepting what is and not reading into or personalizing the situation all seem to be great tactics to avoid and reduce stress.

    I know when I incorporate these tactics I am able to reset my perspective on the situation.

    All the best,

  • Relaxation is the Key – Here are a few tips which could help

    1. Remember to breath. 😉 Deep breathing gets blood to our brain and rids our bodies of toxins.
    2. Music helps us relax. Lively music perks us up and slower music helps us slow down.
    3. Exercise is one of the best form of relaxation.
    4. Long soak in a tub can be very relaxing.
    5. A Massage helps. Learn how to give a massage and teach your partner how to give you a massage in return.

  • Maria C. Forbes

    Be sure you are not working against your natural productive grain! Stress does not have to be part of a heavy workload scenario- unless your energy is spent in the wrong direction, and leaving you drained at the day’s end.
    Identify your instinctive problem solving strengths, manage your time and energy around these abilities and communicate them to your peers and family. A winning formula when combined with ample down time to recover!
    To understand your performance strengths, we use the Kolbe(R)Instruments. The indexes accurately measure our instinctive approach to challenge. Why is this important? It completes the whole human intelligence -we understand Cogniitve, or learned intelligence and we can display or put forth our motivation and desire for our work and relationships. The missing link that can provoke action and productivity, and control stress, is Conation – the part of the mind which is instinct – measurable action that we rely upon everyday to work through challenge. Find your Fire. Fuel you performance.

  • I think eating right is also one of the important part for streess buster . Dont carve yourself for food then thhat would act as an stress buster

  • Very informative and beneficial post, thank you for sharing much appreciated, it will be of great use. Thanks again!

    Diane Shepard

  • Thank you for sharing this blog entry about stress management skills and strategies. I’ve got to get cool new ideas. Keep your posts coming! Will definitely read them all. 😉