I’m going to tell you about the top four stress management skills you need to master to relieve stress. Without these skills, you will not be able to healthfully manage your stress levels.
Top 4 Practical Stress Management Skills You Need To Master Podcast
Stress Management Strategies You Can Use Today:
1. Avoid Stress
The top stress management skill to master is to simply avoid stress. This skill may seem like a sarcastic answer, but it is truly helpful. There are several practical ways that you can avoid stress.
Firstly, take control of what you can control. If you know that you are going to have a stressful day or that arriving late to work causes you stress, plan accordingly so that you can attempt to avoid stress.
Secondly, avoid people who make your stress much worse. Obviously, we cannot avoid everyone who causes stress, but try to minimize your encounters with them.
More so, learn to say no to people. Many people find themselves in stressful situations because they don’t know how to say no. Learning to say no when you are already stressed or busy will prevent you from experiencing any more stress.
2. Change the Situation
Another stress management skill to master is knowing how to change your situation for the best. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed, be able to take charge of the situation and think of ways to effectively alleviate the stress of that situation.
If another person is causing you to feel stress, communicate with that person. They are probably unaware of the stress they are putting on you. Remember to approach this person with respect and vulnerability. It is best to use the “I” pronouns so that the other person does not feel attacked.
If your stress is coming from time management-related issues, learn how to manage your time better. Either schedule fewer appointments or learn how to multitask. Be sure to take note of your limits so that way you know how much you can handle in the future.
3. Accept What You Can’t Control
The previous two stress management skills involve knowing how to change your situation, but there are many instances where you have no control over the matter. Whenever you find yourself in this place, you need to have the skill of being able to accept what you cannot change. Being able to accept these things will help to relieve stress from your life.
One of the best ways to accept what you can’t control is to be kind to yourself. Instead of thinking negative thoughts about yourself or others, think of positive things that you can say. Speaking positivity and kindness to yourself will allow you the sensitivity to accept things without letting them affect your mindset.
4. Adapt to Situations
Finally, the last stress management skill to master is learning how to adapt to stressful situations. If you have accepted that there is a situation you cannot control, find a way to adapt to that situation. Adapting will remove the stress of trying to figure out your place in this situation.
You can adapt to a situation by adjusting your expectations. In many cases, situations are stressful because they do not match the vision inside your head. Change that vision so that way it matches reality better.
Another way to adapt to stressful situations is to try to think about the situation differently. You can try looking at the situation from the other person’s perspective, for example.
Develop A Daily Meditation Practice. It has been around for over 5,000 years for a reason. Meditation works well for many people as a stress management skill and has many benefits. It can lower stress, anxiety, and chronic pain as well as improve sleep, energy levels, and mood.
How Do You Respond to Stress? Discover Why Stress Management Matters So Much
How you deal with stress matters. Unless you were born with a special gift for using stress management intelligently and effectively, this is one of the skills worth your time to develop. Your response to stress and how you use stress management can predict the level of success you enjoy in your life. How you deal with stress also affects your health.
One thing is for sure, if you avoid all stressful situations, your life will be stagnant. Growth requires dealing with stress.
See how your ability to use effective ways to manage stress matters more than you think:
1. Are you an escape artist, distractor, or a solver? Most people respond to stress in one of three ways.
◦ The escape artist does anything he can to remove himself from the situation. Any solution that removes the stress in the short term is a good option in his mind. The long-term consequences are of little concern. Hate your job? Quit, even if you don’t have another. Relationship stress? Leave them. You get the picture.
◦ The distractor attempts to distract himself from the issue that’s causing the stress. This distraction often takes the form of watching TV, shopping, doing chores, surfing the internet or eating unhealthy foods.
◦ The solver focuses on finding solutions to the cause of the stress. If there isn’t a solution to the stress, the solver does his best to relax and avoid worrying about anything beyond his control.
2. Negative effects of poor responses. Poor responses to stress can negatively impact your physical and emotional health, as they tend to internalize the stress or cause worse results than the original issue.
◦ Learning to respond to stress effectively is good for you in many ways!
3. A huge part of being successful depends on how you handle stress. Most successful people learn positive ways to manage their stress.
It’s clear that stress is a part of life that must be managed effectively to maximize success, health, and happiness.
Use these stress management techniques to deal with stress intelligently and get the most out of your life:
1. Focus on finding a solution. There really isn’t any other option that makes sense. If you’re going to expend time and energy, expend them wisely. Rather than worrying, focus on finding a way out of the situation causing your stress. If there’s nothing you can do, do your best to avoid worrying about it.
2. Keep your head down and implement your solution. Once you’ve found a solution, put your effort into implementing it. This is the best use of your time at this point.
◦ Consider how different your life would be if you committed all of the energy you spent worrying and put it toward finding solutions and putting them into action.
3. Avoid jumping at options that simply relieve your pain in the short term. A natural tendency, when faced with stress, is to focus on a short-term solution. While this may relieve you of your stress in the near future, it will also likely cause you even greater pain down the road.
◦ Avoid using stress relief as a primary objective in your decision-making process. Maintain a long-term focus.
Everyone deals with stress in their own unique way. We might mimic our parents or still be using habits we developed in childhood. Most of us wish we were better at stress management. Make time for examining this important part of your life. How you respond to stress matters.