Tips for Stress Management

Tip Number 1

Awareness  of  the things that stress you out as well as the physical and emotional outcome of ongoing stress helps to know where to intervene.  If you find your job stressful, becoming aware of how and when this occurs (and just don't blame your boss).  Start by making an inventory of all the situations and places you get stressed regularly.  Rank order these from the most stressful to the least stressful. Start with the least stressful situation and devise a coping strategy that will help you deal with this situation differently.

Tip Number 2

Learn to relax!  Take time out during your day to relax by using meditation, relaxation techniques, or just visualizing a pleasant scene.  Regularly engaging in these techniques calms the system, making it difficult for stress to even get a foothold in your consciousness.  In addition, engaging the relaxations response serves as an alternative the stress response. It is important that you learn to relax at will and learn to do it quickly and easily.

Tip Number 3

After you can relax easily and quickly, you can imagine yourself in the least stressful circumstance, but instead of getting upset, you can see yourself relaxing.  Staying calm in this situation the next time it occurs will strengthen your ability to deal with it constructively. 

Tip Number 4

After you have done this a number of times, you will find that in other stressful situtations you will be able to negotiate them more effectively.  Move up to the next most stressful situation on the scale of your stresses and deal with it the same way.