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The Three Best Ways to Manage your Stress

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Posted 03 March 2014 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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The three best ways to manage your stress

It is important to manage your stress.
If stress becomes overwhelming, then stress becomes toxic.
If stress is kept under control, then stress is the stimulus for adaptive action. And adaptive action is good.

Question how can you keep stress under control?

One way is to recognise that stress, like anything else, can be analysed into smaller subset categories. There are three major subsets of that combine to produce the phenomenon called stress.

  • The circumstances that you consider to be stressful. The objective "facts of the case".
  • Your mental and emotional reaction to the facts of the case, the circumstances.
  • Your physiological reactions to the circumstances.

In order to deal with stress you can tackle all three subsets, each one in turn.

1. Tackle the facts of the case, the circumstances that you consider to be stressful

All problems, like anything else, can be analysed into smaller subset categories. Big problems should be analysed so that they are seen as a series of smaller, more easily dealt with, problems.

People, who are stressed, are stressed, partly because they see their problems as being bigger and stronger than their abilities to deal with them. So they feel disempowered. Stressed.

The solution is to break down big problems into their smaller and smaller components. Then you are faced with a larger number of smaller, easier problems. These smaller problems are to be taken on, one step at a time.

Divide and conquer.

Divide your problems into smaller and smaller subsets and conquer each subset, one at a time.
That is stress management method one. Divide and conquer.

2. Your mental and emotional reaction to the circumstances

Most people who are stressed, are stressed, because they allow their imagination to run wild. They are faced with a problem, call it Problem A, and they allow their imagination to blow it out of all proportion, so Problem A, seems to be ten times more important than it actually is; Problem A seems to be Problem 10A.

Then the stressed person uses their imagination to create imagined additional doomsday scenarios that could happen as a result of problem 10A

The persons mind thinks, "IF problem 10A happens, then that will make problem B which will mean problem C which will mean problem D.........".

So, mentally, the stressed person is mentally trying to deal with problem 10A +B+C+D.

When in reality he or she is facing problem A.

The solution is not to live in your imagination.
The solution is to look at the facts, and only at the facts. Don't dramatize.

Don't exaggerate the situation. Don't multiply the problems by imagining demons that don't exist.
Stick to the fact.
Do all you can to live in your intellect, not your fearful imaginings.

3. Your physiological reactions to the circumstances

When in a stress situation, the vast majority of people undercut physiology. Meaning they do the wrong things.

  1. They eat too much food - or not enough.
  2. They don't sleep enough.
  3. They don't exercise at all.

When in a stress situation, the vast majority of people need to think more about how they could support their physiology. Meaning they do the right things.

  1. They need to eat high quality nutrition and consider supplementation ( vitamins, minerals and protein supplements).
  2. They need to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.
  3. They need to reduce their alcohol consumption.
  4. They need to increase their exercise program. (Or initiate an exercise programme).

If you were to do that, then you would support your body through the tough times.

If you don't do that, then you undercut your bodies' recuperative abilities and you undercut your energy; you undercut your power to cope. And thus you undercut your resistance to stress.

Summary

Three ways to handle stress.

1. Manage the stressful problem. Divide and conquer

Break big problems down into smaller and smaller subset components. Then you are faced with a large number of smaller problems. These smaller problems are to be taken on, one step at a time.

2. Manage your mental and emotional reaction to the stressful circumstances

When you are facing problems do not live in your imagination. Live in your intellect. Don't live in your fears. Don't dramatize. Look at the facts, and only at the facts. Don't exaggerate the situation. Don't multiply the problems by imagining demons that don't exist.

Don't use your imagination and fear. Use your intellect and understanding,

3. Manage your stress related health habits

When in a stress situation,

  • Eat high quality nutrition and consider supplementation.
  • Go to bed earlier and get up earlier.
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption.
  • Increase your exercise program.

This means:

When you are stressed, then it is even more important that you ....Look after yourself.

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