Stress Less!  4

 

Here we are at number 4 of our Stress-Less Online Mentoring Program.  Let’s see how we are going?  

Take a minute to check in with yourself.  Jot down any stress symptoms you may have experienced over the last week………

Ok, give each symptom a score out of ten.  Put a date on this scrap of paper and put it somewhere so you can refer to it at a later date.

 

Each of us has situations that can make our heart race or our blood boil -  deadlines, interviews and teenagers, to name a few. Knowing what causes you stress is vital and powerful information and this knowledge may help you move towards living a healthier, stress-reduced life.  Many of us are so accustomed to stress that we are blind to the effects it has on our bodies. 

Here are some tips to help you manage your stress and build the resilience skills and attitudes necessary to living a healthier life:-

 

Identify A Stressor:  

Only you know the situations that cause you stress on a regular basis. Write out a list and work out what causes you the most problems. 

 

Identify A Change of Behaviour:

Next to your list of stressors, try to figure out a behavioral change that would reduce the impact of that stressor on your well being without causing more stress elsewhere. 

 

Commit to a change process....

It’s not easy for all of us -  old habits die-hard (not the movie). Change is especially hard when a behavior or attitude is longstanding or involves an addictive substance. (Just ask anyone attempting to quit smoking.) And change is initially stressful. It requires thinking differently, acting differently and commitment. 

 

..and stay there.  Be Resilient :

Hang tough during difficult times. Sometimes things just don't go our way. We anticipate certain outcomes and then life throws us a high-speed curve ball. It's okay to wallow in a little self-pity temporarily and in fact it can be quite healthy to take your time to help you process things. This allows the negative thoughts and emotions to flush out of your system. How quickly you extricate yourself depends on the strength of your resilience skills – more about that later.

 

Be Realistic:

Accept what is not in your control. The frustration or anger that wells inside us from situations not only out of our control but which have nothing to do with us chips away at our peace of mind and releases stress hormones. The capacity to manage strong emotions and impulses involves taking action without being impulsive, and putting emotions aside when clear thinking is required. Resilient people stay calm under pressure, persevere, and keep their focus on the goal for the long haul.  As Kenny Rogers said: "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away."

 

Oh and did I mention having a sense of humor is very helpful? ……Laughter really is the best medicine…

 

Let’s recap:-

1. Identify a stressor 

2. Identify a behavioral change that would reduce the impact of that stressor

3. Commit to that change of behaviour.

4. Be resilient in the face of difficulties when applying that change

5. Learn to accept temporary situations that can’t be changed. Focus on the long-term goal.

 

Sometimes it hard to achieve success without assistance especially when challenging habits and addictions. The Body Guard can help.

If you would like a private appointment with The Body Guard to help achieve your stress reduction goals, call 0421 379615 (christine@thebodyguard.com.au).

 

Warning: 
Stress can cause severe health problems and, in extreme cases, even death. While these stress management techniques have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress, they are for guidance only, and readers should take the advice of suitably qualified health professionals if you have any concerns over stress-related illnesses or if stress is causing significant or persistent unhappiness. Health professionals should also be consulted before any major change in diet or levels of exercise.