In response to many of the comments I received after the post about the effects of stress on the mind and the body, I have decided to dedicate this post to stress management. If applied, many of these principles can also improve relaxation, sleep, anger problems, and can aid in increasing energy and enhancing focus.
First, I would like to highlight some comprehensive resources on stress and stress management. The following are some of the best that I have found:
As you look at these resources you will notice many commonalities. Generally, each one approaches the stress reduction process in the same way.
1. Recognize your stressors.
2. Re-examine your response to these stressors, and recognize the unhealthy ways in which you deal with these situations, circumstances, people, or things.
3. Finally, develop some new coping techniques. Try more than one, and try them for a period of time before you say they don’t work.
Each of the above-mentioned resources describes some simple ways that don’t take much time that you can begin today to reduce your stress. Find some that work for you, and make them a part of your daily life. Life is too short to not enjoy it. Good luck!