Ways to Manage Stress

Source: NYSUT Social Services

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Psychological Symptoms of Stress

  • Foreboding
  • Boredom
  • Indecisiveness
  • Feeling overwhelmed - helplessness
  • Flight to Certainty
  • Tightness of large muscles for gross reaction

General Psychological Effects of Stress

  • Upsets one’s equilibrium/balance
  • Renders the routine more problematic
  • Catapults us out of natural rhythm
  • Diminishes our sense of power
  • Challenges the sufficiency of our resources
  • Creates confusion
  • Heightens our sense of the lack of certitude
  • Tends to blot out important lessons of the past

Ways to Manage Stress

  • Take 10 Deep breaths
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Visualize a relaxing scene
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Laugh often
  • Take a walk and get some fresh air
  • Tighten then relax muscle groups
  • Eat nutritious meals
  • Ask for help
  • Recognize your internal and external resources
  • Listen to music
  • Set realistic goals- especially in judging your ability to control you environment
  • Vary your routine
  • See problems as challenges
  • Talk to someone
  • Be flexible-formulate an array of options in coping with stressor
  • Take an inventory of what you are feeling (ie. Sad, Angry, Scared)
  • Consider atypical strategies
  • Note how you have survived and coped with stressful situations in the past.
  • Be prepared to tolerate some degree of uncertainty
  • Recognize what is in your control and what is not- break complex problems down so as to focus on those aspects you can manage
  • Refrain from globalizing the stress or as viewing it as spreading across every part of your life.
  • Pace yourself