Take Control Over Power Of StressNo matter how powerful stress may seem, you can learn to control how they respond to it.
- Eliminate extra stressors – While some areas of stress cannot be controlled, others can. Learn to set boundaries by not immediately saying “yes” to everything others ask you to do. Avoid people and places that add stress to your life. Examine your schedule closely, and set realistic goals.
- Change situations when possible – Practice communicating facts and feelings without drama, and be willing to compromise. Manage your own time so you can avoid falling behind in tasks.
- Try a different attitude – Situations can become less stressful just by changing your thinking. Avoid an attitude of perfectionism by eliminating personal need for specific outcomes. Put situations in perspective by looking at their importance realistically.
- Practice acceptance – Stress can come about because of the need to control. When you realize that you cannot control other people, places and things, your life will become less stressful.
- Create pleasure – Keeping a positive outlook and making time for enjoyable activities helps lower your stress level. Make a list of things that bring you pleasure, and turn to the list when you feel stress begin to mount. Another important tool is to look at yourself and others with a sense of humor.