Stress doesn’t build up in your body and mind in a single day. Therefore, Stress Management can also not happen overnight.
Coping with stress in a healthy manner and keeping your stress levels under control is a long-term commitment. There are no quick fixes. So, managing stress has to be made a part of your daily routine. The most crucial aspect of Stress Management is to first know the nature of your Stress.
8 step Stress Management program
1 :: Start off by recognizing the nature of stress that’s affecting you.
- What are you worried about?
- What are the stress symptoms you’re feeling?
- Since when have you been feeling them?
- Try recollecting the first time you experienced these symptoms and whether they come back frequently.
- What is the regularity/length of these signs?
- Does stress lead to pain in your body?
- Where exactly are you feeling pain?
- You now need to go deeper into the problem. What is the source of your stress?
- Is it related to your work, finances, love, social interactions, spirituality or lack of organization? Or is there some other reason?
List them down one-by-one starting with the problem that gives you maximum stress. Now you’ve got the reasons for your stress in the order of their intensity.
2 :: Did you address the previous problems?
If yes, how? Which solutions did/did not work? Along with the stress-busting strategies you’ve used earlier, what new ways can you think of for dealing with the more recent stress problems?
3 :: What are the resources at your disposal for dealing with Stress?
Who constitute your support network? Prepare a list of such people or things. Then, focus on developing your Stress Skills.
- What are the current Stress Skills you possess?
- Are they powerful enough or do you need to modify or enhance them?
4 :: Think about the psychological aspect of dealing with your Stress.
Are you well prepared or hesitant regarding your ability to confront your stress issues psychologically?
Stress diminishes our urge to succeed in life and realise your true potential. So, find out where you wish to see yourself in future. What is it that you want to accomplish in life? Mark a time period by which you want to achieve that.
5 :: Make a strategy
List down the ways you’re planning to take to achieve the goals mentioned above.
6 :: Categorise your objectives based on time period
It is necessary to categorise your objectives based on the time period needed to accomplish them. Divide your goals into short-term, weekly, monthly, semi-annual and annual.
7 :: What is the difficulty level in the attainment of your Stress Management goals?
Are they easily achievable, moderately difficult or too challenging? While chalking out your objectives in life, it is necessary to keep them within your reach. Don’t make your goals too easy or lofty.
8 :: Keep revising your goals and check how many you’ve achieved.
Track your progress by answering the questions listed above at regular intervals. You’ll know whether you’re on the right path of dealing with stress.