Skills for Stress Management

Manage Your Time

Time management skills can allow you more time with your family and friends and possibly increase your performance and productivity. This will help reduce your stress.
Try these strategies:

· Save time by focusing, delegating, and scheduling time for yourself.
· Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you.
· Manage your commitments – Don’t commit to what is not important to you.
· Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.

Build healthy coping strategies

It is imperative that you recognize your coping strategies. One way to do this is by recording the stressful episode, your reaction, and how you coped in a stress journal. With this information, you can labor to modify unhealthy coping strategies.

Examine Your Lifestyle

Some behaviors and lifestyle choices affect your stress level. They may not cause stress directly, but they can interfere with the ways your body seeks relief from stress. Try to:

· Balance personal, work, and family obligations
· Have a sense of purpose
· Get enough sleep
· Eat a balanced diet
· Exercise
· Limit your consumption of alcohol.
· Don’t smoke.

Create a Support System

Social support is the encouraging support you get from family, friends, and the community. More and more research indicates a strong relationship between social support and better mental and physical health.

Change Your Thinking

Fear, insecurity, anxiety, depression, rage, guilt, and a sense of worthlessness or powerlessness are emotions that trigger stress. Dealing with your negative thoughts can help reduce stress.

· Disproving illogical thoughts help you to evade exaggerating the negative thought
· Problem solving helps you name all aspects of a stressful event and find ways to deal with it.
· Altering your communication style helps you communicate in a way that makes your views known without making others feel put down, hostile, or intimidated.

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