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Coping Methods to Reduce Your Stress

1. Time Management to Reduce Situational Stress

Learn methods that reduce your day-to-day stressors and make an immediate impact on your stress level.  Situational stress takes external coping methods that directly impact your daily living.

There are many advantages to increasing your time management skills:

  • You are constantly planning ahead and work proactively
  • You are more prepared for daily tasks and can navigate through life’s surprises
  • You won’t miss important deadlines or events
  • You get a great visual of your work/life integration
  • Merging family commitments are easy and allows for greater discussion

Most people fail at effective time management because they:

  • Don’t know where they spend most of their time
  • Spend their time on the wrong things
  • Don’t keep a to do list
  • Try to multitask
  • Are addicted to being ‘busy’

Other Methods: Delegation, Prioritization, Decision Making, Effective Scheduling, Budgeting.

2. Positivity to Reduce Psychological Stress

Increase your level of curiosity and adopt a different world view to influence your thoughts. Psychological stress is all about your thoughts and beliefs. Any coping method that counteracts the impact of psychological stress requires a positive mental shift.

There are many benefits to adopting a positive world view:

  • Longer life span
  • Lower rate of depression
  • Greater resistance to illness
  • Fuller social life
  • Higher self-esteem

There are several reasons why psychological stress is the hardest stress to overcome.

  • Cultural stigma of seeking mental health support
  • Self-deception limits the amount we challenge ourselves
  • Discussing, reliving, or accepting a painful past is often too difficult to face

A highly effective way to start changing your world view is by changing the questions you ask yourself and others. Some great questions to start with are:

  • “What would be the opposite way of thinking?”
  • “If I were to tell myself one thing differently, what could that be?”
  • “Is what I’m thinking True (a universal truth that everyone would agree upon) or true (subjective only to me)?”

Other Methods: Develop Optimism, Goal Setting, Positive Self-Talk, Assertiveness Training, Seek Coaching, Conflict Resolution.

3. Healthy Habits to Reduce Physiological Stress

Establish effective healthy habits that strengthen your body and prepare for life’s stress.  Physiological stress focuses on your well-being. Often people turn to unhealthy habits to manage their situational and psychological stressors. This unknowingly increases their physiological stress. It’s trading one type of stress for another.

Below is a shortlist of unhealthy habits that increase your physiological stress and possible solutions for change. For an expanded list, read this.

Unhealthy Habit

  • Extreme exercise
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Gossiping/Venting

Change Solution

  • Exercise variation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Volunteer

Other Methods: Planned Relaxation, Deep Breathing, Healthy Nutrition, Smoking Cessation, Limit Alcohol, Avoid Drugs, Massages, Progressive Relaxation.

Key Takeaways

There are a multitude of coping mechanisms that we teach to reduce your stress.

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