Controlling Stress

Hard to believe that the year is nearing it’s end.  I feel that I’m still trying to prepare for 2016.  I also realize that the holidays are quickly approaching and know that I need to plan for 2017.  Leaves me a bit stressed.  Many of us are faced with stress everyday, but we might not know how to deal with it.  It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships in our work.  Stress can lead to distraction and cause an unfortunate incident.

Stress usually occurs when there are changes in our lives and we feel that we don’t have enough resources to deal with those changes and demands.  Stress can occur not only from negative life experiences, but also from positive ones.  People react and deal with stress differently.  Some people react to stress by eating or drinking too much or losing sleep.  Stress may also make you more susceptible to illnesses, including the common cold, ulcers, and some cancers.

The first step to managing stress is to identify your “stressors”; those things that are making you react.  Stressors may not only be events that cause you to feel sad, frightened, anxious or happy.  You can cause stress through your thoughts, feelings and expectations.

Everyone has to deal with life’s problems.  A key to dealing with the big and little everyday stressors is coping with stress in a positive way.

  1. Acceptance – Many of us worry about things we have no control over.  One way to manage stress is to accept when things are beyond your control.  It may be helpful to think positive thoughts.
  2. Attitude – Try to focus on the positive side of situations.  Solutions come easier when you focus on the positive and your stress level will be reduced.
  3. Perspective – We often worry about things that never happen.  Keep things in perspective.

Think about the situations in your life that cause you stress.  Are they important or unimportant?  Are they controllable or uncontrollable?  If they are controllable events, you can take action to change the situation; if they are uncontrollable, you can use your skills in acceptance, attitude and perspective to reduce the stress.