Stress management is very individualized. Figuring out what works best for you is a matter of trying different things and paying attention to how your body responds.
Consider some of these tips. CAPS is always available for those looking for more support.
Tips on Dealing with Stress
- Take control. Set realistic goals for yourself. Rank them with the highest priority on tasks you must do.
- Assess. What causes you the most stress? What can you do to reduce or eliminate this source of stress?
- Communicate. Share your concerns with close friends and family. Try to solve conflicts with others.
- Ask for help. Friends, family, professionals, and/or clergy can help.
- Surround yourself with encouraging people.
- Remove yourself from the source of stress.
- Pace yourself. Do not overbook your life.
- Learn how to say "No" if you are overloaded.
- Exercise. Release pent up energy.
- Create a soothing atmosphere in places where you can find yourself stressing.
- Play soft music when you feel stressed.
- Take a warm shower. Focus only on the pleasure of the warm water rather than the events of the day.
Daily Stress Reducers
Practiced for ten minutes a day, these four tension busters can make your body less responsive to stress hormones within a month.
- Meditation. The idea is to break the train of stressful thoughts by focusing on a simple word, sound, or prayer.
- Deep Breathing. Inhale slowly, pushing your stomach out to bring air deep into your lungs. Hold for a count of five. As you exhale, imagine all of the tension in your body and mind leaving with tthe breath. Repeat.
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Working down from face to feet, tense one group of muscles for 20 seconds, then relax slowly before moving to the next group.
- Imagery. Mentally transport yourself to a tranquil place – a snowcapped mountain, wild meadow, or empty beach. For maximum effect, imagine vivid details – colors, sounds, and aromas.