By Rose Kreller of Medi-Waste Disposal
We can’t avoid stress, but we can be mindful of situations that trigger stress and anxiety. Here are some suggestions for preventing stress.
Identify Your Streesors
Stress in an unavoidable reality. Part of stress management is working to avoid situations that cause the most stress and anxiety. Identifying stressors can be difficult. It might be obvious, such as a difficult relationship, health concerns or work environment. Sometimes there might be a root cause that is more challenging to identify. Keep a journal of stress reactions and anxiety and look for patterns as to what increases anxiety. Plan ways to avoid those situations.
Modify Your Schedule
Many stressors are uncontrollable; however, some we can modify. If you know grocery shopping on Monday after work rattles you because of long lines and no parking, then adjust your schedule to shop another day and time. Set limits. Don’t stretch yourself too thin with activities. Set priorities for things you are most passionate about and dedicate time to those. Learn to say “no”.
Don't Become Overwhelmed
When faced with multi-tasking, make a list. This helps to see what needs to be prioritized and what can wait.
Involve Other People
Talk with your spouse, friends or coworkers and let them know you are trying to reduce stress. They may be able to help you identify stressful situations. Be open to advice and help from others.
Exercise is often skipped when we are stressed. Regular exercise improves mood and lowers symptoms of anxiety and stress. It also can help with sleep.
Be an Optimist.
A positive attitude helps keep us from slipping into feeling overwhelmed.