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MENTAL WELLNESS: STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

Stress Management Approaches

There are three major approaches to manage stress:

  • Acceptance-based: where we accept that we have no control over the input to the stress and focus solely on the output.
  • Action-based: where we divert our focus by changing the environment, a common interrupt pattern.
  • Emotion-based: Closely related to the acceptance based approach by changing our interpretations by changing our expectations. Also includes using mind relaxing tools to induce a more positive emotional state.

Action Based

If you do have the power to change a situation, but feel overwhelmed at the magnitude of the task, using an action based approach is feasible.

Exercise

Regular exercise can reduce your physiological reaction to stress. It also strengthens your heart and increases the blood supply to it, directly affecting your vulnerability to heart disease. Exercise helps you disengage your ego from the stress response. Instead of concentrating on how poorly off you are and how stressed, you are forced to focus on the immediate goal – pushing another 2 reps; one more high intensity sprint; holding that stretch another 10 seconds.

Doing a physical task that needs attention – anything! As long as it absorbs your concentration and gets you moving. Action leads to more action. Achievement leads to seeking further achievement. It’s the feel good factor coming into play.

At the end of the exercise session you feel like you have done something worthwhile – a goal has been reached today.

Diet

An anti stress diet is generally designed to counteract and reduce the negative biochemical and physiological effects of stress. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and many over-the-counter and prescription drugs may also cause physiological problems and irritate us physically or mentally.

For more information on anti-stress nutrition and nutritional supplements, including quick fixes to get you through the work day.

Goals and Action Plans

Slice a resolution to the situation into bite size pieces, small enough that you feel you DO have the resources to complete one step at a time. This reduces the sense of being overwhelmed by a situation that appears way too big for you to manage. Only focus on the next step, one step at a time.

 

Next: Emotional Based Stress Management Techniques

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