Text Box: Identify the sources of stress in your life
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This isnít as easy as it sounds. Your true sources of stress arenít always obvious, and itís all too easy to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sure, you may know that youíre

Learning healthier ways to manage stress

If your methods of coping with stress arenít contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, itís time to find healthier ones. There are many healthy ways to manage and cope with stress, but they all require change. You can either change the situation or change your reaction. When deciding which option to choose, itís helpful to think of the four As: avoid, alter, adapt, or accept.

Since everyone has a unique response to stress, there is no ďone size fits allĒ solution to managing it. No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.

Text Box: Dealing with Stressful Situations: The Four Aís

Change the situation:

Avoid the stressor.

Alter the stressor.

Change your reaction

Adapt to the stressor.

Accept the stressor

 

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†††††††† †††††††† How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress

It may seem that thereís nothing you can do about your stress level. The bills arenít going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, and your career or family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control † than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that youíre in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.

 

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun Ė plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet † challenges head on.

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