Ten Tips for Stress Management

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Taking a minute for stress management

Take a minute to explore ten tips for stress management because when life gets too chaotic, you need something to bring back peace.

Stop the Chaos with Ten Tips for Stress Management

1. Understand Your Stress

Have you ever asked your friends what they do when they experience stress but when you try it, you just don't feel the same effects that they described? This is because not everyone experiences stress the same way. Some people feel their muscles tense up, while others can't sleep. Knowing your stress symptoms is a great way to discover what type of stress management you need.

2. Use Trial and Error for Stress-Reducing Techniques

You won't know what types of stress management techniques will work for you if you don't try them. Find as many relaxation techniques as you can and try each of them out to see which ones work the best. Keep in mind that you might have to do each technique a few times before knowing for sure that it will work.

3. Reduce Stress Daily

Stress is unavoidable. Therefore, it's important that you practice your stress-reducing techniques every day before your stress gets out of control. Try doing some deep breathing exercises as you drive to work or some [[Relaxation Imagery Exercises|relaxation imagery]] during your mid-day break.

4. Devise a Plan of Attack on Stress

If you've let your stress go and you're feeling burnout, you need to do some stress damage control. This involves much more in-depth stress management techniques such as going on a vacation. Set out on a mission to attack your stress level. Find what stresses you out the most and do something that keeps you away from it until you find inner peace again.

5. Involve Others in Your Stress Management

Ask others to join you in managing stress. This could simply organizing a lunch walk or meeting up at the gym. Not only does the exercise help you reduce your stress levels, the social interaction also helps.

6. Ask for Help When You Can't Manage

Sometimes life makes you feel out of control of everything, especially your stress. When this happens, it's important enlist some help from your loved ones. Explain that you are under a lot of pressure and would like some help with it. You'll have to talk about what is bothering you, which may be hard, but the support you receive may be exactly what you need to manage your stress.

7. Know When Enough Is Enough

If you're someone who carries around a lot of responsibility but has trouble saying "no" to people, you need to know when enough is enough. You're already stressed out with what you have, you don't need more to compound you. Learn to know when you are at your limit and stick to it.

8. Plan for the Unexpected

Stress attacks most when you unprepared for it. To combat this stressor, plan for the unexpected by giving yourself free time each day to handle whatever it is that comes up.

9. Reflect on the Bigger Picture

Sometimes people get caught up in all of the little things that go wrong in life but they don't see how great their life is overall. When life seems crazy, take a minute to reflect on your life as a whole instead of what is going on in that minute. You'll feel more at peace if you can find something positive to focus on.

10. Change Stress Management Techniques Often

After a while, you may not feel the same effects from your relaxation techniques as you did when you first started them. Don't worry, it just means that you need to change your stress management routine a bit. Once you have a new plan in place, you should start to feel your stress lift just as it did before.

Ten Tips for Stress Management