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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Stress Management: Be Healthier, Happier and Joyful

Stress Management is the interventions designed to reduce the impact of stressors in the workplace. These can have an individual focus, aimed at increasing an individual’s ability to cope with stressors. Stress-management programmes can also have an organizational focus and attempt to remove the stressors in a role. For example, improving communication may reduce uncertainty. Programmes with an organizational focus are relatively rare.

There have been many words written about stress management, though many people do not realize that it can be managed. In fact, stress is a scary thing but it is also a self-creating thing. The more stress you feel, the less able you are to deal with the things that are stressing you, causing the stress to increase. This is a vicious cycle and the key to stress management is to not get into it in the first place. How do you do that? Well, there are many ways.

Manage your stress and be a healthier, happier and more pleasant person to be around.

Ways to Target Your Stress Points:

1. Look around you at all the ways you have created your lifestyle.
This exercise helps you to remember that almost everything in your life is a direct result of a choice you have made and that you have the power and the freedom to make a new choice any time. This is also an excellent tool for positive affirmation, particularly on those days when the sacrifices you’ve made stare you squarely in the face. If you discover that the choice you’ve made isn’t the right one, outline the changes you need to make.

2. What are your priorities?
How important is your spirituality, your family, your professional identity? Consider this ranking when you’re called to make choices and compromises. When have you put your identity, your plans, and you’re self-nurturing on hold while you took care of someone else?

3. If you had 15 to 30 minutes each day for yourself, how would you spend it? Schedule time for yourself. Mark it in your day planner or on the family calendar.

4. How much of your stress level is the effect of over-dramatization? Remind yourself that the level of stress you experience is directly related to the way you internalize it and the importance you place on your own dramatization.

5. Do nutrition and exercise contribute to your stress or help you manage it? If you aren’t sure, keep an energy diary to help you determine the hidden factors in your lifestyle that may be robbing you of energy. Make a plan to change or eliminate those influences.

6. How easy is it for you to say "no"? Respect yourself and your time enough to delegate tasks, and refuse to take on more than you can handle.

7. Are you multi-tasking yourself into more stress?
When we try to do too much at once, we are raising -- not lowering -- our stress level. Multi-task only when you can realistically fulfill all tasks adequately. It’s hard to tune into your kids while you catch up on your own reading, for example, and you can’t take time out for yourself while simultaneously devoting the time to anyone else. Decide which tasks deserve your full attention. Then give it.


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