Stress… The mere thought of the word makes some individuals tense up. Stress is the body’s response to change. Everyone has stress in their lives, some more than others. However, it is how you deal with stress which makes the difference in how your attitude towards life is ultimately affected by the stress.
I want to give to you some help deal with the many stressful situations that are in your life. Therefore, here are my 4 suggestions to help you begin to deal with the stress in your life.
1. Admit You Have Stress in Your Life
Stress can manifest itself in many different forms depending upon its root cause. Some stressful situations can be very minor, temporary, and relatively harmless such as walking through a haunted house, riding a roller coaster, or zip lining across a valley or down a mountain. There are also life situations which are more moderately serious such as dealing with a severe illness, a new relationship or marriage, a divorce, a financial setback, or an accident. Finally, the extreme stress level is reached when dealing with traumatic incidents such as exposure to violence, traumatic accident or death of a loved one.
2. Assess the stress level in your life
First off, not all stress is bad. Those stressors such as the minor and temporary ones listed as well as the moderate serious ones which may affect you in a significant manner but with proper acknowledgement and remedies can limit the effects it has on your health, mind, and welfare. Often these stress events can be handled with simple changes in your life to address the stressful changes brought about by the event. However, the more extreme stress level or traumatic stress events will often require you to see additional help from a coach, therapist, or other professionals to deal with the events due to their nature.
3. Determine the Level of Stress in Your Life and How Makes You Feel
How stress affects us varies from person to person. Some people may have physical signs, emotional signs, or both in response to the stress in their life. Stress can make you feel angry, anxious, excited, scared, and even helpless. It can also affect the way you sleep, physically feel, and lead to other harmful habits such as smoking, drinking, overeating, or drug abuse. Some individuals may not feel or recognize the stress at all though the body is suffering from the effects of stress. Prolonged lack of addressing the chronic stress in your life can lead to more frequent illnesses, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses.
4. Develop a Plan to Handle the Stress in Your Life
Once you have determined your stress level and how it is affecting your life, take a hard look at changes that you can make in your life to address the stress. It may be the case that you only need minor changes to deal with the stress. However, if your stress level is very high and seems to be chronic and never-ending, seek out help to address your situation.
Do you have a highly stress level in your life? Do you need help in developing a plan to successfully address the stress and help you overcome the harm it is doing to you, your relationships, your job, and your health? If so, contact Terry Burgess with Upward Mentoring and Coaching today! He can help you develop a personalized stress management plan to help you overcome the effects of stress in your life.
Terry is a Career and Personal Leadership Coach with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky. He can be contacted via e-mail at Terry@upwardmc.com or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at http://www.upwardmc.com