Reduce Your Stress
Learn the most effective coping methods for your stress type. Joy and engagement is right around the corner.
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 won’t miss important deadlines or events
- Merging family commitments are easy and allows for greater discussion. - You get a great visual of your work/life integration
- You are more prepared for daily tasks and can navigate through life’s surprises.
Most people fail at effective time management because they:
- Don’t know where they spend most of their time - Try to multitask
- Spend their time on the wrong things - Don’t keep a to-do list
- Are addicted to being ‘busy’
- Delegation - Effective Scheduling
- Prioritization - Budgeting
- Decision Making
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 - Fuller social life
- Lower rate of depression - Higher self-esteem
- Greater resistance to illness
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 different, what could that be?”
- “Is what I’m thinking True (a universal truth that everyone would agree upon) or true (subjective only to me)?”
- Develop Optimism - Assertiveness Training
- Goal Setting - Seek Coaching
- Positive Self-Talk - 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 short list of unhealthy habits that increase your physiological stress and possible solutions for change. For an expanded list, read this.
- Extreme exercise
- Exercise variation
- Smoking Cessation
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Planned Relaxation - Limit Alcohol
- Deep Breathing - Avoid Drugs
- Healthy Nutrition - Massages
- Smoking Cessation - Progressive Relaxation