Don’t Stress It

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Accept that stress is unavoidable. However, all hope shouldn’t be lost because it can be reduced and it’s easy to learn how to cope with it. Stress serves a purpose as a healthy response to overwhelming situations in everyday life. Learning healthy stress management techniques can help one to “turn off” their stress alarm system so that they are not in a constant state of stress as they move through life.

“Traditional stress-management courses attempt to minimize stress or remove external stressors, which is unrealistic in today’s twenty-four seven world,” stated Jennifer Lea, senior manager and content development at Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.

Stressors that may be unavoidable include school work and exams, busy days at work, and family issues. Some of these are actually good things, but can still be a source of stress in your life.

Be aware that stress begins with our perceptions. Identify which types of thinking that can lead you to stress. You may be experiencing unproductive, negative thoughts that lead to worrying, which can trigger the release of stress hormones. Identify common stressful thoughts by categorizing what kind of stress and anxiety it causes.

Negative thoughts are more than likely to put you in a bad mood, but positive thoughts will lead to a positive mood. When one feels down, he or she should pay attention to their thoughts. They should try to change negative thoughts into positives.

Another method is to try to challenge any negative thoughts you may get. Try to combat stressful thoughts by asking yourself whether there’s any legitimate reason to let the issue cause you stress. By questioning the severity of your thoughts, reviewing them beforehand can aid in viewing them as theoretical rather than an immediate truth.

Another way to deal with stress is by trying to differentiate two categories of information about the problem making such an impact. Write out all of the reasoning for these stressful thoughts. Or, if you don’t have paper or time, try to do this exercise mentally.

“Evidence-based behavior change interventions promote healthy behaviors and enable people to live vibrant lives,” said Matthew Miller, behavior science manager at Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions.

Overall, stress is not something that should be stressed over. With minor changes in one’s mentality and approach to it, stress relief can be something within reach. Don’t stress it.

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