7 strategies to avoid harmful stress
Published: 5 February, 2018
These tips and techniques can help you get on top of your stress before it gets on top of you.
Everyday stresses can seem like small things when considered individually. However, when they begin to stack up, collectively they can be quite harmful.
The below tips and strategies can help you better manage your day-to-day stress giving you more space to focus on the important things.
1. Set your priorities
Keep a list of achievable priorities and tick them off as you go. These don’t just have to be work-based either, include your friends and family as priorities and make time for these relationships.
2. Learn what makes you stressed
List activities or events that leave you feeling drained and write down a couple of ways to reduce stress when they occur. Practise these techniques when you are up against these stresses and keep a record of what worked in the situation. You can even use monitoring tools like myCompass to pick up on any trends.
3. Consider intentions over your perception
Sometimes we misinterpret statements and become a bit oversensitive to what we imagine was implied. Try giving people the benefit of the doubt and turn to a trusted friend to get their spin on what was said.
4. Slow things down
Life can be frenzied and it can come in many forms – work pressures, family commitments, or even getting stuck in traffic. Resulting frustrations can have an impact on decision making but you need to remember that you can take a step back and re-centre before moving forward. Learn some mindfulness techniques to help out during these moments.
5. Approach tension with an open mind
Bottling up anger can be an unwanted weight that clouds your vision. Discussing how you are feeling with someone causing you annoyance or finding another way to vent that tension like exercising can save you a lot of energy and anxiety otherwise wasted on the situation.
6. Go easy on yourself
Dwelling on past mistakes and letting guilt take over provides little to no benefit. Learn to forgive yourself and try to find techniques that will pull you out of the slump when you find yourself drifting into regretful thoughts.
7. Get into a habit of positive thinking
The thought of a past situation that you handled well has a great positive effect on your current mood – so why not try to create more of them? Find positive things to say where you would normally find fault, smile whenever you can and learn some new positive psychology techniques to help you reset your mood.
Download this fact sheet for more helpful hints and strategies to avoid harmful stress.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.
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