Reduce Your Stress

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Reduce your stress by learning the most effective coping methods for your stress type. Joy and engagement is right around the corner; learn new ways, reduce your stress.

  • Feel overwhelmed by all you have on your plate.
  • Exercise and eat right and are still weighed down by stress.
  • Turn to unhealthy habits to get you through stressful times.
  • Tried different ways to deal with your stress but nothing works.
  • Are one step away from serious burnout and aren’t sure who to talk to.
  • You manage your to-do list everyday and have energy left over for fun, family, and friends.
  • You sleep peacefully, waking each morning with energy and excitement for work.
  • Your coping methods effectively address your type of stress.
  • You incorporate healthy habits into your life that fuels your body and energizes your mind.
  • You are aware of your stress producers and can choose your stress response to minimize reaching your stress threshold.
  • You have a network of people you rely on to help you through stressful times and celebrate your successes.

Reduce Your Stress By Implementing These Coaching Methods:

Coping 1:

Situational Stress – learn methods that reduce your day-to-day stressors and make an immediate impact on your stress level.

Coping with Situational StressManage Your Time, Reduce Your Stress.

Learn more about situational stress.

Reduce Your Stress3Situational stress takes external coping methods that directly impact your daily living. One of the most effective coping methods for this type of stress is Time Management.

There are many advantages to increasing your time management skills:

  • You are constantly planning ahead and work proactively
  • You are more prepared for daily tasks and can navigate through life’s surprises
  • You won’t miss important deadlines or events
  • You get a great visual of your work/life integration
  • Merging family commitments are easy and allows for greater discussion

Most people fail at effective time management because they:

  • Don’t know where they spend most of their time
  • Spend their time on the wrong things
  • Don’t keep a to do list
  • Try to multitask
  • Are addicted to being ‘busy’

If your situational stress is causing too much pressure in your life, go here to start enhancing your time management skills.

Coping 2:

Psychological Stress – increase your level of curiosity and adopt a different world view to influence your thoughts.

Coping with Psychological Stress
Increase Your Questions, Reduce Your Stress.

mental-healthLearn more about psychological stress.

Psychological stress is all about your thoughts and beliefs. Any coping method that counteracts the impact of psychological stress requires a positive mental shift.

There are many benefits to adopting a positive world view:

  • Longer life span
  • Lower rate of depression
  • Greater resistance to illness
  • Don’t set appropriate goals
  • Fuller social life
  • Higher self-esteem

There are several reasons why psychological stress is the hardest stress to overcome.

  1. Cultural sigma of seeking mental health support.
  2. Self-deception limits the amount we challenge ourselves.
  3. Discussing, reliving, or accepting a painful past is often too difficult to face.

Click here to read further on what holds you back from overcoming your psychological stress.

A highly effective way to start changing your world view is by changing the questions you ask yourself and others. Some great questions to start with are:

“What would be the opposite way of thinking?”
“If I were to tell myself one thing different, what could that be?”
“Is what I’m thinking True (a universal truth that everyone would agree upon) or true (subjective only to me)?”

Coping 3:

Physiological Stress – establish effective habits that strengthens your body and prepare for life’s stress.

Coping with Physiological Stress
Change Your Habits, Reduce Your Stress.

good-bad-habitsLearn more about physiological stress.

Physiological stress focuses on your well-being and healthy habits. Often people turn to unhealthy habits to manage their situational and psychological stressors. This unknowingly increases their physiological stress. It’s trading one type of stress for another.

Below is a short list of unhealthy habits that increase your physiological stress and possible solutions for change. For an expanded list, read THIS.

Unhealthy Habit

  • Extreme exercise
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Gossiping/Venting

Change Solution

  • Exercise variation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Volunteer