How you manage stress can either give you chaos or peace. We all have stress on varying levels. Some people are naturally calm and handle stress well. Others…. not so much. I’m definitely someone who doesn’t naturally manage stress well. I have anxiety and I’m often stressed out. I’ve had to learn a lot of techniques to improve my stress level. Even after learning my options, it still takes practice to develop these stress management techniques into strong skills. The biggest key to healthy stress management that I have found is you have to actually practice the methods that work for you. Knowing different ways you can handle stress in a healthy way is great, but it’s useless if you don’t apply it to your situation. That’s like having the medicine in the cabinet, but not applying it to your wound. It’s not going to help if you don’t use it.
I’m not going to get into the unhealthy ways to cope with stress. We all know alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, eating your feelings, sleeping around, and bandaiding your problems with materials items are unhealthy and harmful ways to manage stress. There’s plenty of info out there on the physical and mental damage stress can do. So, I want to talk about 3 different areas of stress management – coping, resolving, and preventing. Try out different things. Take what works for you and leave the rest.
Coping – how to manage the stressor once it’s already stressing you out
Resolving – how to work through it, fix the problems, and diffuse the stress
Preventing – modifying our reaction to stressors
I love the quote “It’s not about how bad the storm is around you. It’s about not letting the storm get inside you.”