Tips for Managing Stress in 2015

Even before thinking about strategies for managing stress, the most important first step is to accurately recognize the signs of the stress response and to identify the situations that give rise to it. Having done this, there are several general strategies that you may find useful:

1 Find an outlet for frustrations. This can be any activity (walking, cycling, running, dancing, listening to a favourite piece of music, competitive sport, mediation).  Set aside a time to do it and do it regularly. Look forward to it even if it’s hard to do at first. It will get easier and will give you a sense of accomplishment.

2 When faced with some issues needing attention, prioritize by addressing those problems most in need of attention and are most easily solved. This will give you a sense of control and the confidence to face more difficult challenges.

3 Don’t try and control the uncontrollable and don’t try to control in the present things that have already come to pass. In other words don’t fall into the trap of worrying about things you can’t  change. Try to concentrate instead on those areas where you can make a difference.

4. Don’t assume that there is one big step you can take that will solve all problems and help you gain control. Sometimes it’s better to take smaller steps that are still capable of giving support.

5. It’s important to find good sources of social affiliation (a social activity with a group of like-minded people).

6. The news is often negative. Too much bad news is well…simply bad for you. Avoid the tendency to dwell on the negative. Use the ‘off’ button instead.

Bring a sense of control into your life. Be proud of your achievements.

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year

From The Natural Psychologist

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