Dealing with Stress
Dealing with Stress
You can’t eliminate stress from life – family, financial, health, personal problems, and/or work. You can identify and try to minimize situations you find stressful and head off negative reactions to them. Stress can be positive in that it energizes and focuses the body and mind to meet challenges.
Identify Physical Reactions to Stress
  • Release of adrenaline
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Perspiration
  • Strong headaches
  • Depression
Learn to Manage Overall Stress
  • Approach situations like a problem-solver. Find alternatives.
  • Put matters in perspective; every problem isn’t a crisis.
  • Maintain self-confidence. Know your limits and learn to accept temporary problems and setbacks.
  • Cooperate with people – don’t try to be “right” all the time.
  • Accept that no one is perfect.
  • Everyone makes mistakes – forgive yourself and others.
  • Organize time and set priorities in order to achieve a sense of accomplishment.
  • Find a constructive way to express anger or concerns.
  • Share problems – communicating can help release built-up stress.
  • Get professional help if you’re having trouble handling stress.
Stress Reducers
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Stretching – neck, back, upper body, shoulders, and arms.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.
  • Practice sensible eating habits – reduce caffeine and sugar. Don’t use alcohol or drugs to reduce stress.
  • Mentally create a quiet, peaceful scene.
  • Exercise – walk, join a health club, take up a sport – getting in shape helps fight illness and reduce tension.
  • Laugh as often as possible – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Proverbs 17:22.
Learn to master stress so it doesn’t master you.