We all have differing levels of stress in our lives, the key is learning how to recognize what causes it and how we can manage it. Being aware of your stressors and how to manage them effectively can go a long way to improving your physical and mental health. Even small changes can make a big impact! While it may not be possible to completely eliminate stress, you can learn to manage it effectively. The key is to learn to recognize your stressors and how to handle them so they don’t negatively impact your life and your health. In order to better manage your stress levels, try to take a few days or a week to determine what might be causing you stress by keeping a stress inventory:
- What happened?
- Who was involved?
- Where were you?
- What was your reaction?
- What was the result?
Once you have a better understanding of what your stress triggers might be, you can then move on to managing them more effectively.
- Try looking at the problem from a different angle. You might be able to come up with a solution you wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Also, try talking through the problem with a supportive friend. They might provide some perspective.
- Plan and prioritize. Don’t panic, make a list to prioritize your work, and set realistic deadlines; do not rush into your first idea you have and always have an alternative plan.
- Focus on what you can control. You know what your job tasks are. Break the larger tasks into smaller, more doable steps.
- Slow down. Think things through before you act, and begin with a result in mind.
- Limit interruptions. Use your voice mail to your advantage and only take calls that are a priority when you are on a tight deadline. Set aside designated times throughout the day to respond to emails and phone calls.
- Use all of your resources. Ask for help when you need it.
- Take a break. To release stress, make time to take a short break. taking a walk or discussing your work situation with another person may help you gain a fresh perspective.