Tips for managing stress

Before we go any further, memorize, understand, internalize, meditate upon, embrace, and learn to love the following fact:
What affects you is NOT what happens to you, BUT, what you THINK about what happens to you.

Stress Management is the ability to maintain control when situations, people, and events make excessive demands.
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response.

The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life – giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you'd rather be watching TV.

But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.

Quick tips on managing stress:
• Some things are not harder than others, some simply involve more steps.

• Handle each task as it comes, or selectively deal with matters in order of their priority or in the order you choose.

• Figure out what’s most important

• Avoid extreme reactions. Why hate when a little dislike will do? Why generate anxiety when you can be nervous? Why rage when anger will do the job? Why be depressed when you can just a little disappointed?

• Get enough sleep. Lack of rest just aggravates stress.

• Have a balanced diet

• Meditate - Meditation and breathing exercises have been proven to be very effective in controlling stress.

• If you can’t do anything about it. Forget about it. If you can do something about it then don’t waste your time and get to work.

• Exercise - Work off stress. With physical activity, whether it's jogging, tennis, gardening, etc.

• Remove yourself from the stressful situation, a few moments can prove to be all you need to get back on your feet.

• Change the way you see the situation, seek alternative viewpoints.

• Use stress. If you can't remedy, nor escape from, what is bothering you, flow with it and try to use it in a productive way.

• Maintain a positive perspective of life.

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