How to Properly Handle Stress

Everyone experiences stress at times - adults, teens, and even kids. Stress is the body's way of reacting to meet tough situations. Working properly, the body's stress response enhances a person's ability to perform well under pressure.

How to Handle Stress

How to Handle Stress

Everyone experiences stress at times – adults, teens, and even kids. Stress is the body’s way of reacting to meet tough situations. Working properly, the body’s stress response enhances a person’s ability to perform well under pressure. For some people, stress is preparing for the holidays (yeah, they are coming!), a visit from the in-laws, or a trip to the dentist for a root canal. For others, it‚Äôs paying bills or stewing in traffic. Stress, in short, is everywhere you turn.

So what can you do? You can learn how to handle your reactions to the stresses in your life. Here are some examples:

Adjust your attitude.
According to researchers, you can better cope with stress by focusing on three ideas: challenge, control, and commitment.
o Try to interpret stressful situations as challenges, not as threats.
o Determine what you can control. Sometimes the only thing you will be able to control in a stressful situation is the way you respond, but that’s a start.
o Make a commitment to be good to yourself by eating healthy, thinking positively, and maintaining relationships with people you care about.

Learn to problem solve.
Try to think through difficult situations systematically.
o Break problems into smaller pieces to make them less overwhelming.
o Focus on problems that really need your attention, and leave the rest.
o Know your limits.
o Learn to be flexible.
o Be realistic about your choices.

Communicate.
Keeping your troubles inside only adds to stress. Find someone safe to talk to about your worries; it will reduce stress and help you deal with practical problems. If you have a chronic medical condition, participate in a support group.

Exercise.
Regular exercise reduces stress. It helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems from the consequences of stressful events. Whether it’s swimming, walking or another form of exercise, find time to do the activity on a regular basis.

Take control of your diet and your sleep.
It’s hard to do, but if you eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet and get a good night’s sleep, you’ll have more energy to cope with stress. And if you’re tired and cranky, you’ll be more susceptible to stress-related ailments.

Do something for others.
Volunteering for a worthy cause can be a great experience. It also can help you forget about your own problems and increase your self-esteem.

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6 Comments

  1. tommylee

    Great tips and very executable. See stress as a positive challenge and not as a negative or at least try to find angles that are positive about a stressful circumstance, like when sitting in a traffic jam while you have to be somewhere on time. In stead of building the stress by getting upset about the situation and the “other” people make that call and say you will be late due to traffic congestion. You'll feel a lot better after the call whatever the response was from the other party. Simple as that. Take action rather then wait for action.

  2. Hal_Burns

    Great advice for those suffering from stress. Are there people who are really under “stress” today? You betcha, there are many. Difficult times produce stressful times and there are many who are feeling it. Thanks for the tips, I will try them.

  3. helenotoole

    Oh My, I want to be the cat in the picture. Now that is what I call a day without stress.

  4. Hal_Burns

    Great advice for those suffering from stress. Are there people who are really under “stress” today? You betcha, there are many. Difficult times produce stressful times and there are many who are feeling it. Thanks for the tips, I will try them.

  5. helenotoole

    Oh My, I want to be the cat in the picture. Now that is what I call a day without stress.

  6. tommylee

    Great tips and very executable. See stress as a positive challenge and not as a negative or at least try to find angles that are positive about a stressful circumstance, like when sitting in a traffic jam while you have to be somewhere on time. In stead of building the stress by getting upset about the situation and the “other” people make that call and say you will be late due to traffic congestion. You'll feel a lot better after the call whatever the response was from the other party. Simple as that. Take action rather then wait for action.

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