3 Practical Stress Management Techniques
Everybody experiences stress at one point or another during daily activities such as working, schooling, raising a family, or being in a relationship. Statista reports that the most common type of stress recorded in the United Kingdom is directly associated with work-related activities.
In fact, a staggering, 79% of survey respondents admitted to being stressed from work. So it’s vital to identify triggering factors so you can respond early enough to prevent it from escalating into something worse. Whether this is identifying your stress triggers, or looking out for the wellbeing of your co-workers or employees.
Here are three practical ways to help you manage your stress. You can also pass them on to someone else in your life who is struggling.
Mindfulness is a meditation technique that involves heightened awareness of one’s emotions, mental and physical state. It eliminates the burden of self-judgement and instead promotes varied relaxation methods to combat stress. The techniques involved are but not limited to guided imagery, deep breathing methods, etc.
Indeed, just like many other things, obtaining a solid understanding of mindfulness means you’ll have to delve much deeper into the concept. Therefore, it may be beneficial to enrol in an accredited mindfulness course so that upon completion, you’ll learn to evaluate your experiences with compassion.
Know Your Limits
Admittedly, you can’t ignore stressful situations all the time, but it helps to know when to apply the brakes. Knowing your limits or how much you can take at any given time is the first step to managing stress. Fortunately, there are some parameters you can set for yourself when defining your limits. First of all, learn to say no, whether it’s on a professional or personal level, to avoid taking on more than you can handle yourself.
Secondly, take a look at your daily schedule and handle only those urgent (high priority) tasks that can’t wait. Furthermore, knowing your limits means staying away from individuals who pile on the stress. By reducing the times you spend with them, you become more conscious of your reactions to their presence. Saying no when necessary is a significant step to managing avoidable stress and knowing when to take a break.
Adopt a Regular Exercise Routine
Enduring chronic stress increases your cortisol (stress hormone) levels which isn’t healthy for you. This hormone coupled with adrenaline is vital in fight or flight situations, triggering glucose into your bloodstream. However, such a constant heightened state in everyday life, could affect your health and expose you to other conditions such as high blood pressure.
Therefore, it’s essential to develop an exercise routine that will help you destress and keep you physically fit. You could find what works best for you, whether it’s a morning workout or a thirty-minute session after work. Exercising releases dopamine (feel-good hormones) which counteract cortisol. When you regularly do this, your body maintains constant dopamine levels, acting as a stress reliever.
There are many effective ways to combat stress in your life. As you decide on the various stress management techniques that work for you, be mindful of adopting measures that only pile up the pressure rather than relieve it.
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