Stress Management Techniques
Do we need Stress Management? Without Stress, we die of
boredom, too much stress and we die of disease. With 70-
to 90-percent of the general population reporting being
stressed, it is no wonder we all have health issues. So
prevention and self-care are in order. There are many ways to
deal with stress. The first is to recognize that some stress is
necessary and normal.
Only you can decide what stress in your life is normal and
nothing to "stress" about. If you are feeling
frustrated or put upon or helpless, these stressors need to be
addressed and eliminated if possible. If you cannot
eliminate a stressful situation, then you must learn to deal
with it in a healthy way. Some things in life just cannot be
changed and you will have to accept them and that means
changing the way you think.
Truly, a stressful situation is only
stressful if you think it is. I may love to
ride horses and find it relaxing and fun. You may be fearful of
horses, or hate the smell or just be indifferent. If you
are put into a situation that requires you to ride a horse, you
are going to be stressed not relaxed. You have the choice to
Stress or Make the Best of It.
Assertiveness Training is Stress Management
For some reason, especially if others are older than you, at
the mention of Arthritis, people can try to minimize what
you’re going through, thinking they are older and you shouldn’t
be complaining about your “aches and pains.”
Well, tough. Age has nothing to do with
Arthritis or your pain.
And others may get caught up in their own lives too much
from time to time to notice, but you are important. And so is
your health and your pain relief. So take charge and take care
Learn to say “no” to activities that strain
your joints. Slow down and use aids where you to need
to like grips in the stairways, a walking cane or athletic
shoes instead of heeled dress shoes. Your health and pain
relief is very important. You must stay active but you don't
have to move at anyone's pace but your own.
Coping Skills Training for Stress Management
Learn to cope better by improving three areas: your
thinking, behavior and lifestyle.
Start thinking more about the positives instead of
negatives. For example, there are many more treatment options
available today for Arthritis. And that’s a very positive
ideology to focus on.
For help with more, check
Boundless Living my positive thinking inspirational
nonfiction library. And be a volunteer for those less
fortunate than you are to get a different perspective on
Allow time to plan, shop for and prepare your meals and
menus. Allow time for activities, exercises and other self-care
Use a planner or notebook and pencil to jot down daily goals
and things to do so that they get done. And do allow time for
venting and sharing your frustrations with a close friend.
Here is a free on line course that can very quickly get you
Work in humor whenever possible to lighten the load and make
life more enjoyable. And plan fun things into your life; trips,
Shuffle some of these into your routine:
Pet Therapy - get an animal companion or volunteer at the
local Humane Society to help with shelter animals.
Meditation - take a time out
Deep Breathing - stand and focus on your feet pressing the
floor, grounding you
Pace - go at it for awhile back and forth
Leisure - read a good book, hum, just do nothing…
Rest – sleep or take a quick nap or just rest
Nature – Take a hike, stop and smell the roses
Hydrotherapy: Enjoy a soothing, warm or hot bath with your
favorite bubbles or oil(s) added. Dim the lights, light a
candle, play soft music….
Music Therapy – Enjoy soothing tunes in your favorite lounge
chair, on the porch, in the bath, resting in bed.
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